ERIC Number: EJ1031581
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
Conversational Competence in Academic Settings
Bowman, Richard F.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v87 n4 p175-179 2014
Conversational competence is a process, not a state. Ithaca does not exist, only the voyage to Ithaca. Vibrant campuses are a series of productive conversations. At its core, communicative competence in academic settings mirrors a collective search for meaning regarding the purpose and direction of a campus community. Communicative competence requires a cogent answer to the question: "Do we each organize our work from the same shared sense of what is significant?" Research suggests that as much as 90 percent of the time spent in effective faculty conversations is devoted to creating clarity regarding what colleagues desire to achieve. Conversationally adept leaders and followers can consciously "design" their own conversations to set the tone and direction of collegial conversation and create a shift in thinking and action for everyone in a meeting room.
Descriptors: Competence, Organizational Communication, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Styles, Discourse Communities, Discourse Modes, Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Objectives, Agenda Setting, College Faculty, Communities of Practice, Communication Skills, Interpersonal Competence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
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