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ERIC Number: ED436805
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov-4
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
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The Basic Course in the Post-Secondary Institution.
Hugenberg, Lawrence W.
Discussions about the basic communication course abound at the National Communication Association Convention and at other meetings, in the "Basic Communication Course Annual," and in the journal "Communication Education." Little progress has been made, however, on seven issues of central importance to the basic course in higher education. The aim is to initiate a discussion by those in positions to address these issues--basic course directors and basic course instructors. These issues are: (1) it is assumed that students should be better oral communicators when they leave the basic course than when they enter; (2) the basic course should prepare students to be effective communicators in multiple situations--the course best suited to establish the foundations of communication competence is the hybrid course; (3) communication educators need to identify the specific skills they want students to understand and practice in the basic course; (4) the basic course offers an opportunity for students to know, practice, and master specific communication skills; (5) studies and reports suggest that the communication skills undergraduate students should learn may be grouped into five areas: listening skills, interpersonal communication skills, group communication skills, public speaking skills, and strategic skills for participation in varied communication situations; (6) preparing students to be fluent oral communicators in their future personal and professional lives should be a central goal specific to the basic course; and (7) communication educators need to take control of the basic course, to make decisions based on research and data. Contains 20 references. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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