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Comm101 Dr. Simmons 4/11/09 Teachability of communication strategies: An Iranian experience The teaching of communication strategies within a communication course has been a controversial topic throughout the history of education. Some teachers feel that there is no need to teach students communication strategies in order to enhance the students learning experience; meanwhile, many professors have ignored the study from their school syllabi. For the purpose of this assignment, I made sure to choose an article from the journal of Communication Education which was written as primary research. I came across an article which had all the procedures of a primary research paper, such as an introduction, a literature review, methodologies used, results, a discussion, and a conclusion. According to “Teachability of Communication Strategies: An Iranian Experience,” Ataollah Maleki set up for an experiment to determine if teaching communication strategies can improve students understanding, and if these strategies deserve to be part of the courses being taught. Furthermore, Maleki asserts his arguments based on the fact that teaching these communication strategies is beneficial to those who are non-native speakers of English and were required to learn a second language; furthermore, he conducted his course of study on a group of Iranian students who had to learn English as a second language. Maleki’s research has given me a new insight on such research studies. I have fully assessed the experiment, and I intend on briefly summarizing the article, explaining the significance of communication strategies, asserting the potential usefulness, addressing the agenda of the author, discussing the strengths and weakness of the research, and, also, sharing my own thoughts on the subject. 1
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In his study, Maleki gathered sixty Iranian students, so he can provide evidence to those who are against including communication strategies into their course since it is such a hotly debated issue. The students were divided into two thirty-member classes that used two different textbooks. One of the texts included communication strategies (class B) and the other did not (class A). The students taking part in the research were examined over a four month period as they engage in their classes. The experiment itself demonstrates excessive quantitative research as Maleki attempts to break down his experiment into 2 distinctive groups of thirty students. The results of his research are ultimately quantitative as he distinguishes the difference in outcomes based on a ratio of the students and the scores they receive on similar tests. The test scores are crucial for Maleki to assert whether or not students did show improvement or not. The two different classes used their exam scores to compare the knowledge and
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