ERIC Number: EJ889693
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jul
Understanding Instructional Communication Needs of Nontraditional Students: Effective Instructional Practice
Houser, Marian L.
Communication Teacher, v18 n3 p78-81 Jul 2004
For years, instructional communication researchers have been advising teachers about the best classroom communication methods to achieve the greatest levels of student learning and motivation. However, traditional students (i.e., between the ages of 18 and 23) have consistently been the focus of this research. Given that over 43% of today's undergraduates are above the age of 24, and 12% are 40 years or older, perhaps instructional communication researchers should investigate their needs and begin expanding their repertoire of recommendations for instructor communication. This article explores the research on instructional communication needs of nontraditional students and offers suggestions for teachers who are interested in meeting the needs of these students. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Classroom Communication, Communication Research, Teaching Methods, Needs Assessment, Student Needs, Literature Reviews, Change Strategies, Educational Practices
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Education Level: Higher Education
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