ERIC Number: ED123692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
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An Empirical Analysis of Forensics Skills Employed by Participants in Bicentennial Youth Debates.
Semlak, William; Shandrow, Kathy J.
Poor delivery, artificial analysis, and unrealistic organization are all pointed to by critics of competitive tournament debate. The purpose of this study was to determine the relative ability of students with debate and nondebate training with regard to analysis, organization, and speaking skills. Ninety-four participants in the Bicentennial Youth Debates (BYD) Midwest Sectional Tournaments provided the subject population. Speech communication course background and general forensics and debate experience were assessed by questionnaire, and delivery, organization, and analysis were rated by judges on a five point interval scale. Despite limited generalizability of the study due to the failure of the BYD to utilize lay judges and the inability of researchers to determine interaction relationship between independent variables, results indicated that students with debate experience achieve high ratings in activities far removed from competitive school debate format. Forensics educators should therefore develop a transfer model of learning, utilizing formal debate training. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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