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ERIC Number: ED089384
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Feb
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A Comparison of Instructor and Peer Evaluations of Student Speeches in a Public Speaking Course.
Hensley, Wayne E.; Batty, Paul W.
The purposes of this study were to examine the relationship of students' and instructors' evaluations, to discover which elements of evaluation seem to best predict the grade awarded by each group, and to compare the dimensions of evaluative judgments for students and instructors. College students enrolled in a public speaking course at Indiana University served as subjects. The public speaking course was designed so that subjects presented speeches to classes with which they were unfamiliar. On days when students were not scheduled to speak, they remained in their regular class to serve as an audience. Each speaker received a written critique and grade from all the student audience members as well as from a visiting instructor. A five point rating scale was used by all raters to record the judgments of the speeches. Some of the results indicated that student audiences pay more attention to general effect and adaptation than do instructors in assigning grades. Also, both students and instructors come to highly similar conclusions concerning student speeches, but evidently for different reasons. (WR)
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Directors of the Basic Speech Communication Course of Midwestern Universities (Boulder, February 7-9, 1974)