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ERIC Number: ED403623
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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The Enduring Heart of the Public Speaking Course.
Osborn, Michael
The public speaking course has been around for a long time but, while there have been changes, the heart of the course remains intact. The many skills and sensitivities instructors try to cultivate in their students come together in three fundamental metaphors that may reflect deep tendencies in what is taught. In the first metaphor, student as builder, central to organizing ideas into a cohesive pattern are the arts of designing and building speeches, of learning the nature and range of supporting materials and what they can best support, and the strategies of outlining. A second metaphor involves the student as weaver, practicing the art of weaving symbols into the fabric of a speech and evidence and proof into the tapestry of powerful arguments. The third metaphor of student as climber expresses vividly a transformational approach to the public speaking class, with students--both speakers and listeners--growing and developing rapidly, expanding their horizons, when the course works successfully. The kind of personal growth experience the three metaphors encourage and guide is profoundly humanizing, and, as such, can serve as an antidote to the consumer metaphor in undergraduate education. (Contains 25 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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