Women's Voices: Reimagining the Public Speaking Curriculum

Name of Award

Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant

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Project Description

Rafael Cervantes, Associate Professor of Communications, received a $5,800 Faculty Research & Scholarly Activities Grant to conduct a project that questions the underlying assumptions of 15 public speaking textbooks with the hypothesis that they are not student-centered. In order to develop a student-centered approach to teaching public speaking, 30 Evening/Weekend/Online (EWO) students will be interviewed regarding their experiences/challenges with public speaking. These results, along with the student-centered values of critical pedagogy, will become the basis for an essay that critiques the traditional public speaking curriculum in favor of an alternate, student-centered approach. The results will ultimately be used to redevelop the public speaking course, COMM 1030 here at St. Kate's.

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