ERIC Number: ED340073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Competitors' Perceptions of Questions in Individual Events Rounds.
Mills, Daniel; Pettus, Ann Burnett
A study investigated student competitors' opinions of the practice of judges asking questions of competitors at the conclusion of speeches in the individual events competiton at forensic tournaments. Surveys were completed by 52 final round student competitors at a large midwestern university individual events invitational tournament. Results showed that students: (1) liked the process of questioning by the judge in final rounds; (2) believed questions were inappropriate during preliminary rounds; and (3) supported the idea of questioning periods at both invitational meets and national tournaments. Results further indicated students' views of the advantages and disadvantages of such questions. Advantages included demonstrating the competitor's knowledge, dedication, and preparation; allowing for clarification of material; and improving speaking skills. Disadvantages included anxiety and stress, and problems with the appropriateness and fairness of questions asked. (Three tables of data are included.) (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Debate Tournaments; Individual Events (Forensics); Questions
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).