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ERIC Number: EJ1031643
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
The "Pay It Forward" Speech: Challenging Students to Become Engaged in the Community
McKenna-Buchanan, Timothy; Munz, Stevie
Communication Teacher, v28 n3 p177-182 2014
This assignment described here serves as a meaningful way to engage students who are perhaps less involved in giving back to their own community (Galston, 2003). By engaging students in "pay it forward" experiences, this assignment can help foster a sense of active citizenship. Often political engagement is associated with acts related to the development of political values for public works, community, and policy issues (Colby, Beaumont, Ehrlich, & Corngold, 2007). However, an active citizen is also someone who makes a thoughtful decision to accommodate, transform, and engage conversation in hopes of change. Students can serve as agents of their community and encourage positive social interactions (Jacoby, 2009). At first glance, this assignment might seem like any other introductory speech. However, this is not your typical introductory speech done on the second day of class. From a purely pedagogical perspective, when students complete this assignment, they will have learned how to organize and outline a speech properly. This assignment is unique in that it encourages students to become engaged and active citizens on their campus and community. This assignment is appropriate for courses in Public Speaking, Basic Course, Interpersonal Communication, and Small Group Communication.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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