ERIC Number: EJ1116281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug-10
Abstractor: As Provided
Relational Communication as a Central Focus for the "Communication across the Curriculum" Initiative
Gunn, Amanda M.
Across the Disciplines, v4 Aug 2007
Communication Across the Curriculum (CAC) programs are growing in number and in degrees of influence across the country. An exploration of the CAC national discussion indicates that the discourse shaping campus programs and faculty/course development practices is one of basic communication skills focused on outcome. The problem with reducing communication to basic skills is that it does not address communication as the foundation of complex social interaction. This essay argues that CAC program leaders and practitioners should advocate a relational communication approach to communication education across the disciplines by emphasizing the role of communication in the historical, social, and political realities shaping our experiences. A practical application section offers suggestions for how a relational approach to CAC can be implemented.
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Interpersonal Relationship, Communication Strategies, Writing Across the Curriculum, Content Area Writing, Behavioral Objectives, Skill Development, Basic Skills, Course Selection (Students), Faculty Development, Teacher Workshops, College Programs, Relevance (Education)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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