ERIC Number: ED436804
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
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Beyond Personal Preferences: Toward a Common Basic Communication Course.
Hugenberg, Lawrence W.; Hugenberg, Barbara S.
Accrediting agencies for colleges and universities across the United States emphasize training in oral communication skills as central to an undergraduate education. The problem or challenge is for communication faculty to develop programs in oral communication skills where students learn necessary skills and receive helpful assessment of these skills throughout their undergraduate educational careers. There is no agreement, however, among communication educators about what skills or communication contexts should be included in the basic communication course. Various studies have identified top skills which college graduates should have, and they may be grouped into four, sometimes overlapping, areas: listening skills, interpersonal communication skills, group communication skills, and strategies for being a competent communicator. Although public speaking skills are not specifically identified in any research study, the most popular basic communication education course is public speaking. The current hybrid basic communication course introduces students to specific communication competencies and the strategies needed to be a competent communicator. A new "blend" course (focusing on group and interpersonal communication) would give students multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery of oral communication competencies in the aforementioned top skills. (Contains 26 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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