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ERIC Number: ED064745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Pages: 12
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A Computerized Content Analysis of the Perceived Criterion Categories for the "Speech to Inform" of Inexperienced and Experienced Basic Course Students.
Jones, Tom; Di Salvo, Vince
A computerized content analysis of the "theory input" for a basic speech course was conducted. The questions to be answered were (1) What does the inexperienced basic speech student hold as a conceptual perspective of the "speech to inform" prior to his being subjected to a college speech class? and (2) How does that inexperienced student's perspective change after being exposed to speech training? A questionnaire was administered to undergraduate students at Bowling Green State University requesting them to write a "lecturette" on the subject "The Important Things to Consider for a Good 'Speech to Inform'". This was done at the first meeting of the quarter and at the end of the quarter. The WORDS System, developed by the University of Rochester Medical School, was used to analyze the data collected by stripping words of their endings and editing out prepositions, conjunctions, relative and personal pronouns, and the "to be" and "to have" verb forms. The concept of the WORDS System is that sufficient meaning exists in the association of "a word with itself and other words to conduct meaningful analysis". Results indicate that (1) students come to a basic course with much more awareness of speech-communication than might be expected, and (2) the student's principal concern is toward effective delivery; however, experienced students seemed to recognize a greater importance in the organization of ideas, while both groups seemed equally concerned with the importance of "interesting material and topics. (Author/LS)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (57th, San Francisco, Calif., Dec. 27-30, 1971)