ERIC Number: ED250752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Consistency vs. Diversity in Tournament Events: A Survey of Coaches and Competitors.
Manchester, Bruce B.; Friedley, Sheryl A.
Noting the diversity in the nature and format of individual events in debate tournaments, a study surveyed the reactions of individual events coaches and students to the events offered at tournaments, the descriptions, and the time limits. Thirty-one coaches and 71 students from colleges and universities in the eastern United States responded to a set of comparison statements addressing three primary areas of consistency versus diversity in individual events: (1) tournaments offering both national and nonnational events versus those that offer only national events, (2) a nationally accepted description of events versus descriptions developed by individual tournament directors, and (3) nationally accepted time limits versus time limits determined by individual tournament directors. The survey results indicated that, overall, both coaches and students preferred tournaments offering diversity--both national and nonnational events--over those offering national events only. A majority of both coaches and students preferred to attend tournaments that use nationally accepted descriptions of events rather than the diversity of descriptions developed by individual tournament directors. A majority of both coaches and students also preferred to attend tournaments that adhere to nationally accepted time limits for events. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Debate Coaches; Debate Formats; Individual Events Competition
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (70th, Chicago, IL, November 1-4, 1984).