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ERIC Number: ED431202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 8
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Reviewing the Core Curriculum through the Journals.
Lerstrom, Alan C.
In the summer of 1985, faculty at a number of small colleges met at Hope College (Michigan) to attempt to decide if there is an essential curriculum that all undergraduate communication majors should encounter, and if there is, what concepts or courses should be included. Participants at the conference selected a course approach, which resulted in specifying five courses: interpersonal communication, small group communication; public speaking; understanding mass media; and a rhetorical/communication theory course. A review of articles in the appropriate scholarly journals was undertaken to verify course selection. Articles seemed to fall into three broad categories: the Nature of the Field (lasts from about 1914 to 1954); the Discipline and Strategies for Survival (articles appeared from the late 1960s to the early 1980s); and Assertively Addressing Disciplinary Concerns. Questions regarding the importance of specific courses in the core curriculum have not been addressed by authors in the field, and there are relatively few articles related to larger curricular concerns since 1985. Authors were primarily concerned about the broader issues of defining the field, surviving, and placing communication departments in universities--and issues such as which specific courses should be taught were not addressed. Thus, the most comprehensive description of a core or essential curriculum is the one developed at Hope College. Contains 16 endnotes. (NKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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