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ERIC Number: ED461135
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
Pages: 15
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Beyond Truth-Telling: The Credo and Public Speaking.
Tompkins, Paula S.
The communication discipline is ambivalent about public speaking. Even accomplished speakers experience ambivalence in the rush of adrenaline before presenting a speech--knowing its importance yet wondering if they have prepared a speech which is fitting for this audience and occasion. The communication discipline studies communication in a broad range of contexts, from the personal and intimate to the cross-cultural, many of which are not amenable to public speaking. How can teachers of public speaking situate themselves in the discipline's pragmatic experimentation in addressing the twin challenges of diversity and attenuated relational connection? This paper proposes that the National Communication Association's Credo for Ethical Communication provides educators with such a framework. The paper discusses the Credo and also suggests that teachers of public speaking turn to Aristotle's classical rhetoric (which he defined as the counterpart of dialectic) as a starting point for viewing public speaking as an ethical public conversation. It offers the following four characteristics of a pedagogy of public speaking: (1) public speaking as ethical public conversation places a primacy on the intellectual development of public speakers over public speaking mechanics; (2) students of public speaking learn the importance of understanding different viewpoints, especially opposing viewpoints; (3) students practice public speaking as dialectical engagement; and (4) students explore different dimensions of intellectual honesty throughout the speechmaking process. (Contains 16 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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