The article, “Adding value to a graduate physiology seminar by focusing on public communication skills” from an individual perspective, is both informative and interesting. Besides it being a scholarly article that the audience would want to read, it is also likely to be applied by educators in the physiology sector. The authors stipulate the theme of the article clearly. Particularly, the article focuses on the importance of incorporating communication skills in the context of being a reliable physiologist (LaRocca et.al, 2016).
First, I agree with the argument that communication skills are important especially in the scenario where the graduate students intend engage pursue academic careers. The authors provide a rational example of those who are expected to express or communicate scientific findings affiliated with public health problems to others who are not experts in the field. The article provides a reliable approach towards understanding the rationale for arguing and concluding that communication skills are amongst the most prime skills. It provides a practical approach by even providing lesson plan that will be devoted to teaching the basic communication skills on some important topics including age, sleep, cognitive functions and other psychological topics.
The article also uses a well-elaborated flow diagram that shows the process of installing communication skills in graduate students’ education. The level of excellence as far as, the flow diagram is concerned is determined by the step-by-step development and the expected outcome of the whole process. The article also incorporates a phenomenological research approach seeking the opinion of the students regarding the impact of communication skills as far as their career paths are concerned. Hence the article is resourceful and can be used by educators even in other faculties that incorporate physiological activities.
LaRocca, T. J., Justice, J. N., Seals, D. R., & Martens, C. R. (2016). Adding value to a graduate physiology seminar by focusing on public communication skills. Advances in Physiology Education, 40(3), 365-369.