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ERIC Number: ED411553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Oral Communication across Disciplines: Adding Value to Academic Pursuit and Marketability.
Donofrio, Heather Howard; Davis, Kimberly
Oral communication competence is essential for career success and for effective participation as a citizen in a democratic society. Unfortunately, many students do not have oral communication competence, and even more unfortunately the success of graduating students rests heavily on their communication skills. Oral communication competence, presentation ability, interpersonal skills, teamwork skills, and leadership are more important in predicting success than a graduate's knowledge of functional disciplines. Some higher learning institutions have awakened to the importance of oral communication. For example, the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation requirements now include oral communication in the curriculum. Indiana University developed new courses for Fall 1995 in listening and oral and written communications, making certain that presentation assignments and teamwork are infused in classes throughout the curriculum. Other higher learning institutions around the country are taking steps to ensure oral communication requirements. Three of the more popular approaches to help ensure communication competency are: (1) the recommended basic speech communication course; (2) oral communication across the curriculum, using one of two types of courses: communication intensive (CI) or speaking intensive (SI); and (3) use of a laboratory, in most cases in conjunction with the "across the curriculum" approach--also referred to as a multiple approach. One study found that approximately 20 universities have implemented the "across the curriculum" program. The best known university for its implementation of a laboratory is Radford University. (Contains 14 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A