Orals ain't orals : how instruction and assessment practices affect delivery choices with prepared student oral presentations.

Irvine, Lesley Michelle (2009) Orals ain't orals : how instruction and assessment practices affect delivery choices with prepared student oral presentations. In Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2009, 8-10 July, 2009, Brisbane.

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Despite an ostensibly technology-driven society, the ability to communicate orally is still seen as an essential ability for students at school and university, as it is for graduates in the workplace. The need to develop effective oral communication skills is often tied to future work-related tasks. One tangible way that educators have assessed proficiency in this area is through prepared oral presentations. While some use the terms oral communication and oral presentation interchangeably, other writers question the role more formal presentations play in the overall development of oral communication skills. Adding to the discussion, this paper is part of a larger study examining the knowledge and skills students bring into the academy from previous educational experiences. The study examines some of the teaching and assessment methods used in secondary schools to develop oral communication skills through the use of formal oral presentations. Specifically, it will look at assessment models and how these are used as a form of instruction as well as how they contribute to an accurate evaluation of student abilities. The purpose of this paper is to explore key terms and identify tensions between expectations and practice. Placing the emphasis on the ‘oral’ aspect of this form of communication this paper will particularly look at the ‘delivery’ element of the process.

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ID Code: 26196
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Keywords: oral presentation, rhetoric, communication, instruction
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Lesley Irvine
Deposited On: 08 Jul 2009 00:49
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 13:53

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