ERIC Number: ED415559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Integrating the Contexts of the Hybrid Basic Course: Using Systems and Social Construction Theory.
Dixson, Marcia D.
Communication as a discipline is studied in varied contexts: interpersonal, group, organizational, mediated, and public communication. To make clear to students the commonness and not the differences among the contexts, the hybrid basic course should not be taught in separate units as if group communication were a different species from interpersonal, mediated, organizational, or public speaking. Two primary decisions for integrating the basic communication course concern pedagogy and content. For example, using social construction theory as the foundation theory, students could discuss, in small groups, the ways they influence others' behavior, thoughts, and self-esteem--considering the role of communication in this process. They then could produce a paper and a speech. This approach integrates interpersonal communication, group discussion, and public speaking. Using systems theory, students could enter into a group discussion of the role of communication in the negotiation and interpretation of rules, feedback, and goals. Regarding content decisions, focus should be on the communication interaction rather than the context, per se. Social construction theory can be used to teach the foundational concepts, applying the same principles to interpersonal, small group, public, organizational, and mediated communication interactions. Systems theory can also be used for analyzing various communication interactions. (Contains 11 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A