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Louis, Ross – Communication Teacher, 2016
Courses: Public Speaking. Objectives: This semester-long service-learning activity examines access to affordable healthy food as a social justice issue, using critical ethnography as a framework to help students understand the link between activism and public speaking skills. After completing the project, students will be able to: (1) develop a…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Ethnography, Food, Food Standards
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Powell, Vonda – Communication Teacher, 2012
As public relations professions advance toward new media platforms, one traditional tool--the backgrounder/position paper (more technically termed white paper) remains a compelling vehicle to impart enduring professional competencies. Moreover, the skills requisite to produce a white paper can be deployed in a variety of new and traditional media…
Descriptors: Evidence, Research Papers (Students), Technical Writing, Class Activities
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Peeples, Jennifer; Hall, Bradford J.; Seiter, John S. – Communication Teacher, 2012
Although Western cultures tend to view dolphins as friendly and benevolent, in Japanese fishing communities, "iruka" (dolphins) are often viewed as food or pests. These perspectives have led to intense conflicts between Japanese fishermen and activists from the west. This article presents an exercise that simulates intercultural conflict by asking…
Descriptors: Intercultural Communication, World Views, Ethnic Groups, Conflict
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Erlandson, Karen Thea – Communication Teacher, 2012
A fundamental concept in Intercultural Communication is developing an understanding of different cultural patterns. Understanding different value dimensions such as collectivism, power distance, and high versus low context cultures are important steps to gaining a facility in communicating cross-culturally. This article presents an activity that…
Descriptors: Fundamental Concepts, Intercultural Communication, Cultural Differences, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Smudde, Peter M. – Communication Teacher, 2011
Public relations action relies on sound decision making about how to inspire cooperation between an organization and its publics. Such thinking must uphold principles for ethical communication. Effectively combining ethics with public relations practice for students is key. A pedagogical approach to public relations ethics, hinging on selected…
Descriptors: Public Relations, Ethics, Teaching Methods, Classroom Environment
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Glaser, Hollis F. – Communication Teacher, 2011
Corporate influence is a defining characteristic of mass media in the U.S. A typical introductory textbook devotes a number of chapters to the economic structure of the mass media including advertising, public relations, and corporate ownership, then also includes chapter sections on the economics of the various media (television, radio,…
Descriptors: Advertising, Teaching Styles, Public Relations, Content Analysis
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Krueger, Ben – Communication Teacher, 2011
Kenneth Burke is typically regarded as the single most significant figure in 20th-century rhetorical studies. Undergraduate textbooks in rhetorical criticism, rhetorical theory, and communication theory typically include coverage of Burke's theory of dramatism. In this article, the author describes a classroom activity dubbed "Burke Bingo" that…
Descriptors: Rhetorical Theory, Rhetorical Criticism, Learning Strategies, Active Learning
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Sullivan, Claire F. – Communication Teacher, 2011
This semester-long activity requires students to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses in attempting to take on a personally meaningful health behavior change challenge. This assignment affords them the opportunity to take a deeper look at theory and health concepts learned throughout the semester and to see how it has informed their own…
Descriptors: Health Behavior, Behavior Modification, Marketing, Behavior Change
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Browning, Blair W. – Communication Teacher, 2011
This article describes an activity using Malcolm Gladwell's "The Tipping Point" as a supplemental text in an undergraduate group communication course. This book will help stimulate conversation and promote easy avenues for classroom discussion. In addition to weekly quizzes over each chapter to help facilitate rich classroom discussions, the…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Communication, Supplementary Reading Materials, Communication Skills, Communication Strategies
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Staggers, Sydney M.; Brann, Maria – Communication Teacher, 2011
Many federal agencies rely on print materials to convey important information to the public, and many of the materials are written at a 10th-grade reading level or above, further limiting those individuals with low literacy. As such, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recommends the application of existing best practices for…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Best Practices, Information Dissemination, Communication Skills
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Montalbano, Lori; Ige, Dorothy W. – Communication Teacher, 2011
Personal narratives can be useful epistemological tools or qualitative study methods that promote alternative ways of knowing in the classroom. Promoting interactive and meaningful classroom experiences involves motivating students in creative and innovative ways. In this essay, the authors discuss the use of personal narration as a pedagogical…
Descriptors: Personal Narratives, Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods, Activity Units
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DeGroot, Jocelyn M. – Communication Teacher, 2011
Information spreads online at a much faster rate than ever before, often without being confirmed by trustworthy sources. Students must be able to evaluate the online source and the online source's information for accuracy and credibility. In public speaking, argumentation, and persuasion classes (among others), students are taught to use confirmed…
Descriptors: Evidence, Communication Research, Internet, Online Searching
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Beasley Von Burg, Alessandra – Communication Teacher, 2010
In the upper-level communication seminar that the author teaches--"Practices of Citizenship"--students learn and reflect on multiple theories and practices of citizenship as they develop their own voices in civil, academic, and intellectual conversations. As Aristotle argues, citizenship is a practice, a habit that must be learned. Aristotle's…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility
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Waldeck, Jennifer H. – Communication Teacher, 2008
The purpose of this report is to describe a rationale and strategies for use of the National Communication Association's online magazine, "Communication Currents", in the undergraduate communication curriculum. "Communication Currents" features essays that translate current scholarship published in NCA journals, making the research "understandable…
Descriptors: Communication Research, Academic Standards, Communication Skills, Electronic Journals
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Hamilton, James P. – Communication Teacher, 2008
This article offers a few guidelines for constructing effective simulations. It presents a sample class activity called simulated public hearing which aims to integrate the various elements of a public speaking course into a more comprehensive whole. Properly designed, simulated hearings have elements of persuasive, informative, and impromptu…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Simulation, Group Dynamics, Integrated Activities
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