ERIC Number: EJ1102853
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Study IX of the Basic Communication Course at Two- and Four-Year U.S. Colleges and Universities: A Re-Examination of Our Discipline's "Front Porch"
Morreale, Sherwyn P.; Myers, Scott A.; Backlund, Philip M.; Simonds, Cheri J.
Communication Education, v65 n3 p338-355 2016
This study gathered longitudinal and descriptive data on the nature of the basic communication course, continuing a tradition dating back to 1968. Now in its ninth iteration, convenience sampling and hard copy distribution of the survey instrument resulted in a total of 188 respondents (21 from two-year schools, 167 from four-year schools). This study reports and discusses data in the following categories: (a) general description of the course; (b) course administration; (c) assessment, standardization, and assignments and grading; (d) course content and pedagogy; and (e) media, technology, and online teaching. General reflections are provided about the results in light of changing landscapes in the U.S. educational system and recent research and other activities of communication scholars related to the basic communication course. Recommendations are offered for future scholarship about the communication discipline's "front porch."
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Communication Skills, Communication Strategies, Course Descriptions, Program Administration, Assignments, Grading, Student Evaluation, Academic Standards, Course Content, Electronic Learning, Technology Integration, Online Courses, College Faculty, Teacher Surveys
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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