Revisioning the basic communication course in the context of globalization

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Andrea R. Patterson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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H. Svi Shapiro

Abstract: The purpose of this dissertation is to examine how to revision the basic undergraduate communication course in the context of globalization. This research establishes the significance of the spiral of silence theory in relation to the communication process and the college classroom. This dissertation also examines the culture of silence and discusses how critical pedagogy can help transform our society, students, and classrooms. The methodology in this research utilizes interpretive inquiry to examine 35 basic communication course syllabi from community colleges and universities across the country. The study reveals a performance and skills-based approach to this course does not adequately prepare students to become competent and engaged communicators in a global society. The conclusion introduces and explains how the model of intercultural praxis can be utilized for curriculum development to revise the basic communication course from a global perspective.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2011
Basic Communication Course, Communication Studies, Critical Pedagogy, Critical Theory, Intercultural Praxis, Interpretative Inquiry
Communication $x Study and teaching (Higher)
Intercultural communication
Globalization and education

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