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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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Key, Adam – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2022
Using critical discourse analysis, I critically examined the National Communication Association's (NCA) standards for public speaking competency to determine what type of ideal speaker the standards would produce. Highlighting NCA's emphasis on "suitable" and "appropriate" forms of communication and the use of Standard American…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Speech Skills, Competence, Standards
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Charoensap-Kelly, Piyawan; Priddis, DeAnne; Punyanunt-Carter, Narissra M. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2022
This study analyzed the National Communication Association (NCA) members' perceptions regarding the effectiveness of their own and their peer presentations and the challenges they faced when preparing and giving conference presentations. Overall, participants (n = 187) feel fairly content with the effectiveness of NCA conference presentations and…
Descriptors: Needs Assessment, Conferences (Gatherings), Conference Papers, Public Speaking
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Denker, Katherine J.; Knight, Kendra; Carroll, Riley K.; Bradley, Kathryn R.; Bonine, Peyton J.; Lauck, Sophia M.; Przytulski, Heidi S.; Storr, Michael L. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic created an exigency for educators to reevaluate their approaches to the classroom with one major dimension being course modality. This study uses the Instructional Beliefs Model to examine the impacts of course modality (i.e., hybrid versus face-to-face formats) and students' communication growth mindset on student engagement…
Descriptors: College Students, Public Speaking, Blended Learning, In Person Learning
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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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Chorley, Sarah K. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2021
Exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy techniques offer unique opportunities for comprehensive management of public speaking anxiety in the online public speaking classroom beyond exposure to only the speech-giving act itself. This best practices article outlines nontraditional strategies for incorporating ERP practices in a…
Descriptors: Therapy, Best Practices, Public Speaking, Anxiety
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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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Morreale, Sherwyn; Thorpe, Janice; Ward, Susan – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2019
This reflection essay focuses on the problems inherent in the design and development of an online public speaking course, which in part result from presuming the course must mirror its face-to-face counterpart. Based on our own experiences and background in designing an online public speaking course, we recommend that instructors and…
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Public Speaking, Online Courses, Instructional Design
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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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Sellnow, Deanna D. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2019
Students rarely question the relevance of most communication courses. For example, most students realize that courses focused on improving public speaking and interpersonal skills will benefit them personally and professionally after graduation. Convincing them that a rhetorical theory and criticism course is equally empowering can be a bit more…
Descriptors: Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Criticism, Teaching Methods, Assignments
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Emel, Susan Redding – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2018
For most students at my university, classroom experience alone was the choice for formally developing speaking skills. My idea was to provide students with recurring authentic audience experience, attending to the audience dimension outlined by Derryberry (1989) as a critical requirement of public speaking pedagogy. Through research, a new idea…
Descriptors: College Students, Speech Skills, Speech Communication, Audiences
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Frey, T. Kody; Vallade, Jessalyn I. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2018
One avenue for assessing learning involves evaluating self-efficacy, as this psychological belief is a strong predictor of academic achievement. As such, the purpose of this study was to evaluate writing selfefficacy and public speaking self-efficacy in a composition and communication course. This course is structured to develop both writing and…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Writing Ability, Public Speaking, Self Efficacy
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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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Munz, Elizabeth A.; Gatchet, Roger Davis; Meier, Matthew R. – Journal of Communication Pedagogy, 2018
This best practices article endorses incorporating service-learning into the foundational public speaking course. The article explains connections between service-learning and the rhetorical tradition, highlights pedagogical approaches that would benefit from a service-learning component, and discusses the benefits of service-learning for…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Public Speaking, Rhetoric, Best Practices
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