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ERIC Number: ED051231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Pages: 8
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The Effects of Various Methods of Teaching About Freedom of Speech on Attitudes About Free Speech Issues.
Rossiter, Charles M., Jr.
The hypothesis that lessons which demand student involvement through leading a short discussion of required reading would result in greater attitude change in a liberal direction than would lessons taught by the lecture/discussion method was tested. Using members of four sections of a university course in communication, three sections received lessons about freedom of speech while the fourth section served as a control group. Two of the experimental groups were assigned to the lecture/discussion method, and one was assigned to a reports on readings by students/discussion method. Two of the experimental groups and the control group were pretested as to attitudes concerning free speech issues, and all four groups were posttested. As in a previous study, all three experimental groups who had participated in free-speech lessons showed attitude shifts in a liberal direction. The report/discussion group had the highest posttest mean. All experimental groups showed more permissive attitudes than did the control group. An appendix presents the questionnaire used to measure the students' attitudes. (DB)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (56th, New Orleans, December 1970). It has been published in the Free Speech Yearbook: 1970; New York: Speech Communication Association, 1970