ERIC Number: ED240656
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Effect of Speaking Position on Success in Forensics Competition.
Brydon, Steven R.; Curtis, Carroll L.
A study investigated whether there was a relationship between contestants' speaking position and their ranking and quality ratings by judges in forensics competitions. In addition, the study examined whether these relationships varied by type of event. Subjects were contestants from two- and four-year colleges in two tournaments held in California. The tournaments consisted of three preliminary rounds and one final round per event. All rounds studied consisted of between three and seven contestants and were judged by forensics coaches, graduate students, and hired local judges. The judges were asked, in addition to filling out their normal ballots, to complete a questionnaire that asked them to list the speakers in order of actual speaking with their assigned ranks and ratings. Scores were collected for approximately 1,500 contestants. Data analysis revealed no significant relationship between speaking position and ranking in panels of three, four, six, or seven speakers when events were combined. A significant difference was found in panels of five, with an advantage to last position. This advantage disappeared, however, when the expository event was excluded from analysis. Additionally, no significant relationship was found in any instance between speaking position and quality ratings. Overall, the findings suggest that speaker position is not a significant determiner of forensic success. (FL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Forensics Tournaments
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Speech Communication Association (Seattle, WA, February 18-21, 1984).