ERIC Number: EJ1038798
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Consistency and Change: The (R)Evolution of the Basic Communication Course
Valenzano, Joseph M., III; Wallace, Samuel P.; Morreale, Sherwyn P.
Communication Education, v63 n4 p355-365 2014
The basic communication course, with its roots in classical Greece and Rome, is frequently a required course in general education. The course often serves as our "front porch," welcoming new students to the Communication discipline. This essay first outlines early traditions in oral communication instruction and their influence on future iterations of the course. In addition, because fundamental changes in higher education in more modern times affected emphases and delivery of the course, we focus on the relationship between general education and the basic course and the significant curricular changes to the course during the latter part of the 20th century. Finally, we discuss ramifications of the evolution of the basic course, as the discipline moves forward into the 21st century.
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Communication Strategies, Speech Communication, Intellectual History, Educational History, Higher Education, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, General Education, Fundamental Concepts
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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