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ERIC Number: ED428404
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 69
Abstractor: N/A
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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
St. Louis Community College-Meramec (SLCC-Meramec) is a metropolitan community college offering associate degrees, transfer, and certificate programs. Because of an anticipated increase in public speaking enrollment, the Communications Department Chair at SLCC-Meramec wanted to upgrade and improve the public speaking course content and methodology. A 5-phase project was used to develop a plan for incorporating gender communication content and gender-fair teaching methodologies into the public speaking course at SLCC-Meramec. The first phase consisted of completing a series of literature reviews in response to four research questions. The second phase included an analysis of public speaking materials currently available and the instructional methods presently used in the communications classes. The third phase included the development and the distribution of a questionnaire to male and female professional speakers in the St. Louis area to determine gender differences in public speaking and the preferred methods of instruction. Questions were developed to note perceived gender differences in public speaking styles, and respondents were asked to provide suggestions for improving instruction. The fourth phase consisted of the development and execution of in-depth interviews to solicit information regarding male and female speaking styles, male and female preference for public speaking instruction and methodology, and the impact of gender differences on speaking styles. The fifth phase consisted of the development of a plan for making recommendations to the Communications Department at SLCC-Meramec to incorporate gender communication content and gender-fair teaching methodologies into the public speaking course. (Contains a 325-item bibliography.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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