ERIC Number: EJ1179879
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Creating a Culture of Accommodation in the Public-Speaking Course. Wicked Problems Forum: Mental Health Stigma
Simonds, Cheri J.; Hooker, John F.
Communication Education, v67 n3 p393-399 2018
Public-speaking instructors are uniquely positioned to foster a culture of accommodation in their basic course classrooms. A communication course is one that can cause specific types of apprehension, and it is important to recognize that a distinction exists between this and other, broader anxieties that students may be facing. Given this, the authors argue that the introductory course provides a unique space for addressing anxiety-related mental health stigmas; they also illustrate two ways instructors can address these stigmas in their courses. While it is not the job of teachers to psychologically diagnose students, making them aware of resources and accommodations they can utilize may make a difference throughout their college careers and, in some cases, could prevent them from leaving school entirely. Taking this extra step to learn what accommodations are available for students and sharing this information in syllabi is a small step that can have a large effect in promoting student success legally and compassionately through destigmatization of the use of available mental health resources.
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Classroom Environment, Interpersonal Communication, Communication Skills, Anxiety, Mental Health, Social Bias, Student Needs, Information Dissemination, Health Services, Student Personnel Services, College Students, College Faculty, Teacher Role
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