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ERIC Number: EJ793495
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
Learning the Intricacies of Effective Communication through Game Design
Bednar, Lucy
Business Communication Quarterly, v71 n1 p68-71 2008
As many teachers of communication come to realize, students often operate under the misconception that the effective use of language consists primarily of memorizing and applying the rules and regulations of grammar. Even worse, some students believe that they must inherit a talent for language and that without a genetic predisposition, they can never learn to use language well. Demonstrating otherwise is not easy, but because good communication skills are crucial to success in a professional environment, teachers must attempt to do so. In a course the author teaches, "Introduction to Technical and Scientific Communication," she has students complete a fairly traditional assignment in a somewhat nontraditional way, one that highlights the intricacies of effective communication in a context that students find accessible. In this article, the author describes this assignment, which requires students to create and explain a game, and discusses how it can be used to demonstrate the multidimensional nature of skillful communication.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia