ERIC Number: ED094438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Jun-30
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Speech Teachers and Courses in Nebraska Secondary Schools with a Focus on Metropolitan Omaha.
Both observations and studies of speech education in Nebraska secondary schools revealed an inadequacy in speech curricula and many poorly prepared teachers. In order to assess the status of speech education, in-depth questionnaires were sent to teachers of speech in metropolitan Omaha, with shorter questionnaires being sent to speech teachers throughout the state. Of the 204 in-depth questionnaires, 60 were returned and 47 provided usable data, while 188 of the 300 shorter questionnaires were returned. Analysis of data showed that in Omaha approximately 62 percent and outside Omaha approximately 40 percent of those teaching speech, oral English, drama, or debate were certified in speech. The most frequently taught course was speech fundamentals. Most schools do not require a speech course, although 60 percent offer some kind of speech program. Recommendations include the certification of all speech teachers, separate speech courses, a coordinated speech curriculum, inservice training of speech teachers, and administrative support of speech programs. (Tables of findings and appendixes with questionnaire information are provided.) (JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nebraska Univ., Omaha.
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska