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ERIC Number: ED416540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 22
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The SCA Speaking Competencies: Developing a Practical, Course-Embedded Assessment with a Reflexive Loop for Active Student Learning.
Brown, Jim; Leipzig, John; McWherter, Pamela
The Communication Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) turned to the Speech Communication Association (SCA) for guidance in responding to a mandate for ongoing outcome assessment issued by the Alaska State Regents for Higher Education. Faculty involved in the baccalaureate CORE Communication service courses at UAF turned to the Competent Speaker: Speech Evaluation Form (CSSE) for qualitative and quantitative data for evaluation of student presentations. A diverse student body includes a significant percentage of Native students and a high population of non-traditional and returning students. Even for some Communication professionals, the eight Public Speaking Competencies seem abstract and distant from their lived experience of student-speaking in the classroom. The competencies are clear, but abstract in regard to providing observable standards for use in the classroom. A significant consideration in turning the SCA Competencies into specific, observable behavior specifications is the matter of training. The faculty restructured the Competencies for local use and trained themselves, three rural adjuncts, and nine graduate teaching assistants responsible for teaching the basic course in how to use the restructured SCA materials. On a trial basis, students were trained in observation and rating of peer presentations. At this point of development, UAF faculty have gathered data on every presentation of every student in the basic course for 1996-97 academic year. Results indicated that student speaking competency increased incrementally over the semester. Ongoing development includes embedding "The Competent Group Communicator" in their public speaking/small group hybrid service course. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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