Pedagogy in the Basic Course
This study assesses differences between two instructional methods in a basic speech communication course: a modified Personalized System of Instruction (PSI) and a self contained format. Communication skills, communication apprehension, self-esteem, and academic achievement in, perceptions about, and satisfaction with the course are compared. Using t-tests to compare means and mean exchange scores, the PSI-based format was found to be more effective than the self-contained format. Comparing these data with an earlier study designed to compare the PSI-based format with more traditional lecture-recitation format, the self-contained approach appears to be a better alternative than the lecture-recitation for teaching the course, but the PSI-based model was still clearly superior to both alternatives.
Gray, Pamela L.; Buerkel-Rothfuss, Nancy L.; and Thomas, Richard W.
"A Comparison between PSI-Based and Self-Contained Formats of Instruction in the Introductory Speech Communication Course,"
Basic Communication Course Annual: Vol. 1
, Article 8.
Available at: http://ecommons.udayton.edu/bcca/vol1/iss1/8