ERIC Number: EJ891567
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
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The Interpersonal Development Project: Bridging Theory and Practice in Interpersonal Communication Courses
Sanders, Matthew L.
Communication Teacher, v24 n3 p165-169 Jul 2010
This article describes the semester-long assignment called the Interpersonal Development Project (IDP) that was developed by the author to teach an interpersonal communication course that is both theoretically rich and practical. The IDP fosters significant theoretical and practical learning by placing the focus of learning on meaningful individual relationships within students' own lives and steering theoretical and conceptual mastery toward that context. This approach increases student learning because both theoretical knowledge and practical application are focused on meaningful contexts that students themselves choose. Thus, the coursework bears significant impact on students' lives. Essentially, the IDP enables students in interpersonal communication courses to make productive connections between the theories and concepts they are learning, and their day-to-day communication practices. Specifically, this project helps students to understand that they can improve important interpersonal relationships by improving their own communication choices. This focus is valuable because it directly challenges students' implicit assumptions about the nature of the relational problems they experience. A list of references and suggested readings is included.
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Relationship, Theory Practice Relationship, Student Projects, Literature Reviews, Research Papers (Students), Instructional Effectiveness
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