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Haugen, Jenna; Lucas, Kristen – Communication Teacher, 2019
Courses: Public speaking, business and professional communication, group communication. Objectives: This activity will introduce Monroe's Motivated Sequence as a way to organize persuasive arguments; improve students' ability to deliver presentations with consistent content, voice, and style; and improve team-based delivery skills.
Descriptors: Sequential Approach, Communication Skills, Group Activities, Public Speaking
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Scharp, Kristina M.; Sanders, Matthew L. – Communication Teacher, 2019
Course: Qualitative Research Methods. Objectives: To provide students with an experiential understanding of the six steps to conducting a thematic analysis: (1) gaining familiarity with the data, (2) creating coding categories or subcategories, (3) generating themes, (4) reviewing themes, (5) labeling themes, and (6) identifying exemplars. To help…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Qualitative Research, Class Activities, Experiential Learning
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Smith, Cynthia Duquette – Communication Teacher, 2015
This article describes a unit-length project involving students in the analysis of how public memory is shaped by multiple factors and functions persuasively to influence one's understanding of historical events. This project was designed for an upper-division undergraduate course in Rhetoric and Public Memory, but could be adapted for use in…
Descriptors: Memory, History Instruction, College Students, Public Opinion
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Opt, Susan; Sims, Christy-Dale L. – Communication Teacher, 2015
To teach collaboration and overcome students' aversion to teamwork, Pope-Ruark (2012) recommends the Scrum approach, which she has used to manage major client-based course projects in writing and publishing courses. The Scrum approach emerged out of the software development industry in the 1990s as a framework for improving team…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Cooperation, Computer Software, Communications
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Bodie, Graham D. – Communication Teacher, 2008
Although textbooks are filled with practical communication advice, many students overlook the importance of basing practical advice about communication on quality research. This oversight is important for two reasons. First, given the explosion of self-help remedies focused on communication, students should learn to distinguish between…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Learning Activities, Communication Research, Training
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Burns, Amy Capwell – Communication Teacher, 2007
The objective of the exercise described here is to teach students about group formation using group concepts and theory. It also provides a unique way to form work groups for class projects. Students will become more aware of the reasons people join groups, the benefits groups provide for them, and an understanding of how groups are formed. The…
Descriptors: Teamwork, Group Activities, Teaching Methods, Cooperative Learning
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Zhang, Shuangyue; Merolla, Andy J. – Communication Teacher, 2007
One of the major purposes of many intercultural communication textbooks is to help students recognize, accept, and appreciate cultural differences. However, one often lacks the necessary motivation to get to know and learn about individuals of a different cultural heritage. Thus, misunderstanding, stereotyping, prejudice, or even racism may…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Friendship, Cultural Differences
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Jones, John A. – Communication Teacher, 2007
Students, including advanced students, often lack the knowledge, confidence, and experience to participate effectively in competitive, bartering, or conflict situations. The concept that influencing skills are not limited to those in authority and can be learned comprises the framework for this teaching activity. The credible and adaptable…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Interprofessional Relationship, Influences, Individual Power
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McBride, M. Chad – Communication Teacher, 2006
Group cohesiveness is a topic addressed in most small group communication texts and courses and is often defined as the degree of attraction members feel towards one another, the degree of loyalty within a group, or the "groupness" felt among members. Further, groups which are cohesive tend to be happier and more productive. When working on…
Descriptors: Assignments, Group Unity, Ethics, Group Dynamics