the central missions of the National Communication Association (NCA) is the
cultivation and generation of knowledge about communication and the
dissemination of that knowledge. At
the 1919 Annual Convention of the National Association of Academic Teachers
of Public Speaking (the association that became NCA), Charles Woolbert (right) of the University of Illinois presented a
report from the Committee on Research that concluded that research and
scholarly inquiry were important activities, indeed, essential ones, for the
scholars of public speaking who had only recently formed their own discipline.
Moreover, the committee sought to demystify the research process, noting that
the requirements of research are “in reality simple; the end involved is to
learn the facts, to bring out the truth; the means of doing this can be as
varied as differing circumstances demand; and they allow much latitude" (“Report
of the Committee on Research,” Quarterly
Journal of Speech Education 6 (1920): 59).
The Research and Publishing Resource Center is an attempt to digest and synthesize the most compelling
and relevant information available about conducting and publishing research in
the communication arts and sciences.The Research and Publishing Resource Center includes the following:
- Planning the Research Project
- Working with Institutional Review Boards
- Links to funding sources
Publishing Your Results
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