ERIC Number: ED021842
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-May-30
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of Training and Proficiency in Public Speaking on the Dimensionality of Speech Evaluation. Final Report.
Lashbrook, William B.
The purpose of the study was to investigate the effects of training and proficiency in public speaking on the dimensionality of speech evaluation. Dimensionality was defined in terms of the content and number of factors derived from statistical analysis. Approximately 4800 students representing eight universities yielded more than 14,000 evaluations of filmed speeches representing three distinct quality levels. All data were subjected to the statistical technique of factor analysis. The results of the study indicate the following: (1) Students of public speaking perceive the evaluation of public speaking to be multi-dimensional, and tend to judge the quality of the speaking they evaluate in terms of three to four factor analytic dimensions. (2) A basic course in public speaking broadens the base on which students make speech evaluations, and aids particularly in the development of a language facility dimension of speech evaluation represented by a concern for diction, fluency and word choice. The emergence of a factor tends to be additive to that which the student brings to the basic course. (3) A significant positive relationship appears to exist between the proficiency of student speakers and the acquisition of the language facility dimension of speech evaluation. (4) Training and proficiency in public speaking do not appear to offer a differential effect on the dimensionality of speech evaluation. (Author)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Speech Communication Research Lab.