ERIC Number: ED395349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Toward Refining the Assessment of the Basic Public Speaking Course: An Experimental Study.
Campbell, D. Gail
A study on basic speech assessment replicated an earlier one except that in place of the CCAI and the Competent Speaker form, the Self-Perceived Public Speaking Competency Scale (SPPSC) was used. Also, 2 randomly selected control groups of students were added to the research design: one consisting of 62 students who had not taken speech and were not taking it, and the other consisting of 71 students who had already taken speech but were not presently enrolled in a speech class. The experimental group consisted of 56 students. All three groups were administered the PRCA-24, the RSE, and the SPPSC at the beginning and end of the semester. Scores were examined in terms of the following hypotheses: (1) that all three instruments, pretest and posttest, would not register significant differences for the control groups; and (2) that all three instruments would indicate better posttest and pretest scores for the experimental group. Results showed both hypotheses to be wrong. All 3 groups scored lower on the PRCA posttest than the pretest; all three groups improved slightly on the other two tests. In other words, most students improved in their speech skills over time whether enrolled in basic speech or not. The results appear disappointing. One explanation would look to the long-proven confusion produced by time itself. Another would note that public speaking skills were not reinforced in classes other than speech, even though speech or presentations were required. (Contains 7 tables of scores and 15 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Personal Report of Communication Apprehension
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (81st, San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, 1995).