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ERIC Number: ED125018
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 13
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The Effects of a Rhetorical Method of Instruction on a Selected Population of Reticent Students.
Metzger, Nancy J.
The student who has come to be called "reticent" expresses concern about many oral, communicative behaviors, ranging from public speaking to meeting strangers and carrying on a few minutes of "small talk." A rhetorical method of instruction was utilized in a study conducted to determine the effects of treatment on a selected population of twenty reticent college students. Goal setting, including student alteration of self-perception in communicative situations and the demonstration of sufficient skills to cope with these situations, was accomplished. Assessment of the effects of instruction over a twelve-month period was accomplished by evaluation by the instructor and eight outside observers of a progress journal and five videotaped interviews. Of the original twenty students, seven were assessed as having made adequate improvement, and three were assessed as having made minimal improvement; an association between improvement and students' ability to apply rhetorical methods to communication was noted. (This is the third in a series of five papers on communication reticence.) (KS)
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