Although the 21st century workplace needs employees with communicative competence, educators and employers alike claim that both new graduates and old hires lack the communication skills needed for success in the knowledge society—a world characterized by boundless knowledge, endless doubt, and ceaseless change. The paper argues that changing from traditional transmission-oriented to modern participation-oriented techniques can ensure that the undergraduate university Communications classroom—which introduces students to the theory and practice not only of the essential discipline of the Humanities, but also of the core activity of human beings—function as a veritable active learning laboratory for the study and development of the skills essential for personal, academic, and professional success in the knowledge society. The introduction of the paper reviews the continued resistance experienced by active learning advocates. The first section clarifies the need for Communications in the 21st century; the second section establishes the need for active learning in the Communications classroom. The final section describes active learning exercises for the Communications classroom.
|Keywords:||Active Learning, Communications Classroom, Knowledge Society, Communicative Compe-tence|
Associate Professor, Division of Humanities, Department of English, Graceland University, Lamoni, Iowa, USA
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