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April 10, 2007, 3:26 am
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I’m considering doing my report on communication in the education field. I am already interviewing my uncle, a PhD. student as well as director for a international study program, and, thus, will have a significant amount of information about his views on communication in the education field (in his case, higher-level education). My grandfather, on the other hand, was a high school principal for a number of years, and after retiring, taught a few education courses at the University of Missouri. I think it would be interesting to compare his thoughts on communicating in the education sector to my uncle’s thoughts. I would like to see if they have similar views and methods, or if instead their ideas are very different. It would also be interesting to see if these differences emerge from the age gap or if they emerge from association with different levels of education. I will also do some research, of course, to see if the overwhelming opinion on educational communication follows what I learn from my interviews, and in the case that it doesn’t, I will probably base my report mainly on credible research resources. In the book, Write Up the Corporate Ladder, one of the authors interviewed said that professors never liked his work because it wasn’t “academic” enough, or as he argued, it wasn’t confusing enough. He seemed to make a point that what passes in the academic world doesn’t pass in the usual business world because it’s too confusing and based on big words and intriquite thoughts. Thus, does communication amongst administration in the academic world follow these rules of “confusion” that the professors seem to follow, or do they work to communicate clearly, simply, and effectively, as the top business leaders say must be done?

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