The Sound of Silence? : a comparative study of the barriers to communication skills development in accounting and engineering students

HASSALL, Trevor, JOYCE, John, BRAMHALL, Mike, ROBINSON, Ian and ARQUERO, J.L. (2005). The Sound of Silence? : a comparative study of the barriers to communication skills development in accounting and engineering students. Industry and Higher Education, 19 (5), 392-398.

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    Abstract

    Employers often consider graduates to be unprepared for employment and lacking in vocational skills. A common demand from them is that the curriculum should include ‘communication skills’, as specific skills in their own right and also because of the central role that such skills can play in developing other desirable attributes. Current thinking in communication has indicated a split between communication apprehension and communication development. There are indications that techniques designed to develop communication skills will not resolve communication apprehension and that, if an individual has a high level of communication apprehension, these techniques will not result in improved communication performance. This paper compares and contrasts the levels and profiles of communication apprehension exhibited by accounting and engineering students. The implications of the findings are then discussed and the need for further research in the area of vocational choice is identified.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Finance, Accounting and Business Systems
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Sheffield Business School > Department of Finance, Accountancy and Business Systems
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.5367/000000005775185859
    Page Range: 392-398
    Depositing User: Trevor Hassall
    Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 10:31
    Last Modified: 08 Jul 2019 19:00
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11695

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