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ERIC Number: ED050091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Pages: 8
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Rating Speech Behavior Change of Students: Objectivizing Subjective Judgments.
Applbaum, Ronald L.
To assess behavioral change in the speech of students, a test was developed which used the prior subjective experiences of teachers as a foundation for comparing student behaviors, and objectivized these experiences by developing a rating system upon which teacher observations could be scaled. Twenty raters--10 experienced and 10 inexperienced--were selected, trained, and divided into two groups. Sets of four raters then observed randomly-selected classrooms at the elementary and secondary levels for two rating periods. Results of data indicated that no statistical differences existed between judges' measurements in any of the class levels and that judges' measurements were reliable indices of communicative behavior. It was concluded that this method (1) can provide educators with a reliable means of assessing the attainment of behavioral change, (2) may function more reliably on the secondary level than on the elementary level, (3) prepares outside observers for measuring changes, and (4) is not limited to measuring change in oral communication, but may be applied to any classroom, industry, or organizational structure where behavior is the object of measurement. (JM)
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Note: Paper presented at the Speech Communication Association Annual Meeting (56th, New Orleans, December 1970)