ERIC Number: ED421706
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Jun
Seeing Ourselves Reflected in Our Narratives: Studies in Culture and Communication.
Young, Michael W.
This paper describes and evaluates three wholly integrated classroom programs at Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh, in two different writing/communication curriculums, involving the students' creation of a portfolio as an organic and expanding set of inter-related narrations, written and spoken, based on constant, though diversified reflections of both self and the texts. One of the courses was an existing first-semester first year expository writing course, which included a narrated discovery of the students' own selves or defined their most important community in an essay; and the second course was a new intercultural communication course for sophomore level students that was piloted by a number of the faculty members in the communication skills program, beginning in the fall 1996 term. Core assignments for the course were generated from a group project in which a team of students were to investigate a culture, its history, language, customs, and arts. The third section of the course sequence moved the work into a more professional rhetoric utilizing multimedia classrooms--using computers, PowerPoint graphics software, advanced projector systems, sound applications, and cameras. The students create a new series of documents and speeches to better perform in and inform their complex world. Students in all of the classes created portfolios, which could be termed analogies of self, by combining oral and written presentations, along with journals and self-evaluations, and chronological sets of inventions through to drafts. (CR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Intercultural Communication, Multimedia Instruction, Personal Narratives, Portfolios (Background Materials), Self Concept, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Student Evaluation, Student Journals, Writing Instruction
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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