Communication Centers

Communication Centers : A Theory-Based Guide to Training and Management

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Communication Centers: A Theory-Based Guide to Training and Management offers advice based on extant research and best practices to both faculty who are asked to develop a communication center and for directors of established centers. Broken into easily understood parts, Turner and Sheckels begin with the development of communication centers, offering guidance on the history of centers, how to start a center, and, in a contribution by Kyle Love, creative approaches to marketing. They provide a communication perspective on selecting and training tutors, and then address how to train the tutors in their tasks of helping students with invention, disposition, style, memory, and delivery as well as presentation aids, including consideration of special situations and diverse populations. The authors explore ways to broaden the vision for communication centers, and conclude with chapters on techniques for assessment by Marlene Preston and on the rich rhetorical roots of communication centers by Linda Hobgood. The volume concludes with appendixes on guidelines for directors and for certification of tutor training programs. Communication Centers is a valuable resource for scholars in any stage of developing or improving a communication center at their more

Product details

  • Hardback | 262 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 3 tables, 1 graphs
  • 0739190989
  • 9780739190982

About Kathleen J. Turner

Kathleen J. Turner is professor and chair of communication studies and director of oral communication at Davidson College. Theodore F. Sheckels is professor of English and professor and chair of communication studies at Randolph-Macon more

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Finally a resource that addresses the questions people looking to start communication centers must ask! As communication scholars and center directors, Turner and Sheckels eloquently weave theory and practice with the voices of some of the most respected communication center directors in the nation. Anyone looking to learn more about communication centers will treasure this book because it covers history and praxis in ways that set communication centers up for a powerful future in higher education. -- Kimberly M. Cuny, University of North Carolina at Greensboro Turner and Sheckels have created a much-needed handbook for developing communication centers. Not only will new centers find this information invaluable, but established centers will also find some gems that may inspire staffs to be self-reflective and to question long-standing practices. This is a strong addition to the growing communication center literature. -- Wendy Atkins-Sayre, University of Southern Mississippi This becomes the reference book for current and future communication labs. An intellectually accessible read full of communication lessons for center directors and public speaking tutors alike. It's like having these happy experts on your office shelf supporting your center! -- Bonnie Wentzel, Arizona State Universityshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: What is a Communication Center? Part I: Developing a Communication Center Chapter 1: A Brief History of Communication Centers Chapter 2: Starting a Communication Center Chapter 3: Successful Marketing of Communication Centers, Kyle Anne Barnett Love Part II: Becoming a Communication Center Tutor Chapter 4: Becoming a Peer Tutor: A Communication Perspective Chapter 5: Tutoring Tasks: Invention Chapter 6: Tutoring Tasks: Disposition Chapter 7: Tutoring Tasks: Style, Memory, and Delivery Chapter 8: Tutoring Tasks: Presentation Aids Part III: Taking the Center Farther Chapter 9: Tutoring Tasks: Special Situations and Diverse Populations Chapter 10: Considering the Possibilities Chapter 11: Assessment of Your Communication Center: Anathema or Asset?, Marlene M. Preston Afterword: The Rhetorical Roots of Communication Centers, Linda Bartlett Hobgood Appendix A: The Evaluation of Communication Center Directors: Procedures and Criteria Appendix B: Tutor Training and Certification Programsshow more