Date Approved

Winter 1995

Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Dorothy Armstrong


While high school students have received formal instruction in reading and writing, few have received much formal instruction in speaking and listening skills; this paper supports the call for required courses in oral communication. In recent years, the need for instruction in oral communication has been emphasized in numerous reports on the direction of education, although it has been underemphasized in many of our schools. This paper presents research on the need for and benefits of oral communication. The pilot case study included 29 faculty members, 92 students at a small (500 students) urban high school in Michigan, and 21 area high schools to determine perceived oral communication skills and levels of speaking apprehension, course benefits, teacher preparation, and oral communication curriculum of other schools.


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