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ERIC Number: ED210751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Forensic Participant as an Information Processing Machine.
Zeman, James V.
Prompted by the issue of whether participation in forensics programs has some tangible beneficial effects on the participants, this paper examines how such participation might influence the participant's processing of information. The paper first presents a rationale for examining the forensics participant as an information processor, citing studies in critical thinking and the need to justify the forensics program. The paper next analyzes the concept of cognitive complexity in information processing and discusses its discriminative and integrative components. In conclusion, the paper poses four questions for research based on data regarding cognitive complexity: (1) Does forensic training and participation increase the level of cognitive complexity of the participant? (2) Does the cognitive complexity level of the participant vary in relation to the success level of the participant? (3) To what extent does the nature of the cognitive complexity style of the participant rely upon that of his or her coach? and (4) Does the type of forensic activity in which a student participates have an effect on any changes in complexity level in that participant? (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (67th, Anaheim, CA, November 12-15, 1981).