ERIC Number: ED395346
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
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Performance Appraisal Research Applied to Forensics.
A study examined the extent to which college level forensics coaches incorporate appraisal techniques into the forensics setting. A survey, based on a review of organizational literature, was distributed to coaches at a midwestern forensics tournament. Thirty-five surveys were distributed and 17 were returned for a response rate of 48%. The survey consisted of nine close-ended questions and three open-ended questions. Survey questions measured coaches' practices and attitudes regarding three key elements of performance appraisal research: (1) a supportive climate, (2) goal setting, and (3) participative or employee-centered goal setting. Results indicated that even though some coaches are using these techniques in coaching, a greater number of coaches agree with the concepts than are actually using them. Results also showed that coaches have widely adopted strategies for generating a supportive climate. Yet taking this supportive climate to the extent of participative goal setting is not as commonly practiced. The key seems to be letting students do the talking, because only they truly know what they want out of a given activity. Participative goal setting allows coaches to find out about the goals of individual competitors. Because the students create the goals, there is insurance that the coaches are not putting their goals onto the students and making them more involved in the activity than they want to be. When the student and the coach have different expectations, frustration results. (Contains 19 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Debate Coaches
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).