ERIC Number: ED410614
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Pedagogic Examination and Evaluation of the Status of Epideictic Speaking in Public Speaking Curricula.
Horne, Janet S.; Mullins, Darrell G.
This paper discusses the extent to which epideictic speaking is treated in communication skills courses in the discipline. Noting that the genre receives little emphasis in textbooks and basic courses in the field, the paper questions whether students are being optimally served by current pedagogical practices. The paper first summarizes traditional theoretical frameworks relevant to epideictic discourse, then examines contemporary curricular attention in this area, and finally offers suggestions for the direction that might be followed to more fully develop the role for epideictic speaking. The results of an informal electronic survey show that those educators who responded seemed equally divided in terms of practice between actually assigning an epideictic speech and general instruction (making students aware of the genre and its rhetorical/historical significance). Certain ways of presenting and approaching epideictic can maximize student involvement and interest in the topic--the overall intent would be to enlighten students about the prevalence of the kinds of events they regularly experience that reflect the criteria established for what counts as epideictic. In discussing the degree of emphasis given epideictic by 12 popular public speaking textbooks, the paper finds that, without exception, epideictic issues were among the last to be addressed. The paper concludes that, since the prevalence of epideictic events in life is inescapable, more should be done to emphasize epideictic as a public speaking genre. (A list of textbooks examined is appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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