ERIC Number: EJ1110856
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Reference Count: 10
Forum: Learning Outcomes in Communication. "Diversity Matters" Continued: Student Learning Outcomes in Communication
Wahl, Shawn T.; Williams, Kesha Morant; Berkos, Kristen M.; Disbrow, Lynn M.
Communication Education, v65 n4 p488-490 2016
Using the conceptual foundation "diversity matters" (Orbe & Allen, 2008), this essay calls for research examining the NCA learning outcomes in communication related to diversity, inclusion, privilege, and intercultural communication (mostly existing in LOC 8). The authors argue this research will serve as a relevant and vital foundation for authentic pedagogical praxis that embraces diversity across the communication discipline, not just in particular courses. If the goals of learning outcomes are to prepare students for civic life or their professional career, educators are doing them a disservice by relegating issues of diversity to only intercultural communication courses. Rather, diversity must be central to all communication studies curricula. Inquiry surrounding this issue will help steps toward transformative teaching practices fostered by scholarly collaboration and sincere intellectual partnerships (Fasset & Nainby, 2016; hooks, 1994).
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement, Teaching Methods, Intercultural Communication, Scholarship, Cultural Differences, Higher Education, Communication Research, Partnerships in Education, Social Justice, Cultural Pluralism, Racial Differences, Ethnic Diversity
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A