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Schneider, David E.; McCullough, Jennifer D. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2023
This longitudinal study examined the relationship between two content formats of the basic communication course (BCC) and first-year college student retention over a 4-year period (N = 5,653). Chi-square and logistic regression models indicated students who completed the BCC were more likely to be retained than those who did not complete the BCC.…
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Public Speaking, Introductory Courses, School Holding Power
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Hinck, Edward A. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2022
The COVID-19 "pivot" created challenges for instructors in adapting their teaching strategies to the various forms of technology available for virtual delivery. One positive outcome discovered for teaching an introduction to debate class was the use of Blackboard's discussion board feature to assess student learning regarding…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills, Debate, Introductory Courses
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Ashby-King, Drew T.; Mazzone, Raphael; Anderson, Lindsey B. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2021
Feedback is an essential part of the teaching/learning processes. This statement is especially true in the introductory communication course where students receive feedback throughout the presentational speaking process. This paper explores how students define useful feedback based on 1,600 qualitative questionnaires that asked students about…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Attitudes, Introductory Courses, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Kryston, Kevin; Goble, Henry; Eden, Allison – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2021
This study presents the results of two studies using a virtual reality (VR) public-speaking training simulation as an instructional aid in a basic communication course. Results from the first study suggest that VR practice was associated with higher subsequent speech delivery grades in the course compared to no practice. However, VR practice did…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Introductory Courses, Public Speaking, Anxiety
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Anderson, Lindsey B.; Jones-Bodie, Ashley; Hall, Jennifer – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2021
The introductory communication course has a history of producing meaningful scholarship that shapes teaching and learning at institutions of higher education around the world. The scope of this research is broad and, as such, calls for a meta-synthesis of trends in and avenues for future research. This project examines published work from the past…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Communication Skills, Educational Research, Educational Trends
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Tyma, Adam W. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2021
In February of 2020, everything around the world changed. By mid-March, the majority of the world was locked down. Teachers were called on to create a sense of "normalcy" for their students. And we tried. During that process, though, as a teacher, I started to truly question what I was teaching and--more importantly--HOW I was teaching.…
Descriptors: Educational Change, COVID-19, Pandemics, Critical Literacy
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Morreale, Sherwyn P. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2020
Researchers have conducted surveys of the introductory communication course for more than 60 years, starting with two seminal studies in 1956 and 1965, followed by a series of nine replicative studies extending from 1970 to 2016. This systematic review examines the results from those 11 surveys. The results of that review are presented here,…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Communication Skills, Higher Education, Educational Trends
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Putman, Angela L. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2019
While the basic content of the public speaking course has changed little, the method and manner in which these skills are taught can, and should, reflect the dynamic socio-political contexts in which we live and teach. This reflection essay addresses a struggle to keep the public speaking course relevant, innovative, and practical while also…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Speech Instruction, Social Justice, Introductory Courses
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Ruiz-Mesa, Kristina; Hunter, Karla M. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2019
Effective facilitation of classroom dialogue can stimulate open discussion and debate, challenge students to consider diverse perspectives, and promote critical student reflection and growth. Unfortunately, some instructors may be hesitant to approach controversial topics, for fear of losing face or risking chaos in the classroom. By learning and…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Dialogs (Language), Introductory Courses, College Instruction
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Proszek, James M. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2019
Introductory communication courses are an invaluable resource for improving students' abilities to speak confidently, passionately, and persuasively, while also inspiring them to become more engaged citizens. However, digital media present new opportunities and challenges for designing courses that are relevant to students' personal and…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Speech Instruction, Best Practices, Media Literacy
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Anderson, LaKesha N. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2019
This article explores the foundations and the content areas that ground the introductory public relations course. Examples of two assignments designed to help students think critically, apply knowledge, and improve their writing skills are offered, as well as the identification of several challenges both students and instructors face and a brief…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Public Relations, Critical Thinking, Writing Skills
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Gilchrist-Petty, Eletra – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2018
As a general education requirement, basic communication course instructors are afforded the unique opportunity to reach a variety of students. Because many students often are enrolled in the basic communication course out of necessity, student amotivation can transform what should be a dynamic and interactive classroom experience into a daunting…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Best Practices, Introductory Courses, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Weismann, Kimberly M.; VanHorn, Shannon Borke; Paxman, Christina G. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2018
This article draws on existing communication research and praxes to share the best practices for retaining students enrolled in the introductory public speaking course. Among the many important pedagogical practices that communication scholars have documented, this article highlights the value of 10 best practices: instructor use of immediacy and…
Descriptors: Best Practices, School Holding Power, Public Speaking, College Students
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Simonds, Cheri J. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2018
In serving as a training ground for future communication educators, the basic course is uniquely placed to explore issues of communication pedagogy. Communication pedagogy is a domain of study that informs communication teachers of the best practices in teaching communication competencies. As a basic course director in the Department of…
Descriptors: Introductory Courses, Communication (Thought Transfer), Program Evaluation, Faculty Development
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Broeckelman-Post, Melissa A.; Ruiz-Mesa, Kristina – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2018
Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA) are often the first college instructors that new students meet when they arrive for their first day of class, and as instructors and as students, GTAs are the future of the discipline. As such, GTAs need to receive comprehensive training in a variety of pedagogical, procedural, and professional areas to help…
Descriptors: Teaching Assistants, Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Training