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ERIC Number: ED070113
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 141
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A Study of the Effects of Speech Models on the Performance of Students as Speech Critics.
Avery, Robert Karl
The combined theories of cue summation and stimulus generalization provide the theoretical model for this study. First, the study attempted to determine if supplementing a theoretical presentation of rhetorical principles with printed, audio, and audiovisual speech models would contribute to a significant increase in learning as evidence by performance as a speech critic. Second, it sought to determine if students with low and medium entering behavior benefit more from additional cues than students with high entering behavior. The experimental population consisted of 225 students enrolled in a basic speech course at Pennsylvania State University. Performance on the university's speech proficiency examination was used to identify students who exhibited high, medium, and low entering behavior. Five treatment groups (control, theoretical presentation, hard-copy model, audio model, and audiovisual model) were each composed of high, medium, and low entering behavior students. After receiving their respective treatments, all subjects rated three post-test speech models on the dimensions of content, language, delivery, and general effectiveness, using a seven point scale. Each succeeding treatment contained the instructional materials which preceded it plus additional stimulus cues. The results provided no support for either of the hypotheses. (Author/LG)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University