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ERIC Number: ED409924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Pages: 363
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Development of a Plan for Integrating Gender Communication Research and Women's Preferred Styles of Learning into the Public Speaking Course at St. Louis Community College-Meramec.
Grupas, Angela
In response to projected increases in enrollment in public speaking at Missouri's St. Louis Community College-Meramec, a project was undertaken to develop a plan for incorporating gender communication into the public speaking course. The first phase of the project involved a review of literature related to women in education and gender research, finding that men and women do possess different public speaking styles and that an androcentric bias exists in public speaking course content, textbook selection, and teaching strategies. The second phase involved an analysis of 92 public speaking textbooks and the instructional methods currently used in the college's communications classes. In the third phase a survey was conducted of 139 professional speakers in the St. Louis area to determine gender differences in speaking styles and preferred methods of instruction, while in the fourth, in-depth interviews were conducted with 15 respondents. Based on these activities, a plan was developed for upgrading the public speaking course that included a reference manual on speaking styles and teaching strategies, a guide containing gender communication materials and curriculum revision plans, three 2-hour faculty workshops, and a campus-wide staff development program. Contains 346 references. Appendixes include descriptions of department objectives and evaluation results, the questionnaire and interview questions, results from the textbook analysis and surveys, the reference manual and guide, and descriptions of the workshop sessions. (TGI)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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