ERIC Number: ED340070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
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Declining NDT Participation: Causes and Cures.
Ludlum, M. P.
A study investigated the reason for the decline in participation in NDT (National Debate Tournament) debate. An anonymous poll of forensic programs was conducted to encourage a frank and open description of the issues surrounding the problem. One hundred thirty colleges and universities in America (out of 354) responded to a questionnaire. The list of schools was compiled from those active in NDT, CEDA (Cross Examination Debate Association) or Individual Events for the 1988-1989 school year. Results indicated that almost 25% of the programs offer only one forensic activity and that 75% of the programs offer only one or two events. Few programs use graduate assistants, and the forensics field is dominated by communications departments. Results also indicated that changes are needed and desired to increase participation, and that the only serious blemish to forensics is the loss of some schools which may not be quickly returning. Results showed, however, that their reasons for leaving do not reflect poorly on the activity, but rather show the extreme amount of dedication needed both from the participants and the school administrators to make a forensics program successful. (Two appendixes provide: (1) a breakdown of the cumulative results put in the format of the original poll; and (2) a list of cumulative results in rank order. (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Debate Tournaments; National Debate Tournament
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).