ERIC Number: ED340080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
An Objective Analysis of CEDA.
Phillips, Kendall R.
A study analyzed the delivery of dabaters participating in the final rounds of the CEDA (Cross Examination Debate Association) National Tournament from 1989-1991. Transcripts of the final rounds were used to determine the words-per-minute and the number of pieces of evidence read per speech. Three statistical measures were used to analyze the information: description of the data, a correlation coeficient calculated between words-per-minute (wpm) and evidence-per-speech (eps), and independent three-way ANOVAs of wpm and eps. Results indicated that the lack of correlation between eps and wpm disconfirmed prior assumptions that evidence is the cause of rapid delivery. Additionally, there was an interesting lack of difference between wpm and the different speeches, suggesting that the 1AR (First Affirmative Rebuttal) is not the culprit behind rapid delivery. Results further indicated a significant difference in terms of eps in both the Constructive/Rebuttal and the First/Second speech, with Constructive having more evidence that Rebuttals and First speaker having more evidance than Second speakers. (Several tables of data are included. (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cross Examination Debate Association; Debate Strategies; Debate Tournaments; Speech Rate
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).