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ERIC Number: ED125028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 20
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Forensics in America and Japan.
Klopf, Donald W.
Forensics plays a major role in the speech education of thousands of American and Japanese students. This paper describes American college-level forensics and compares both America's high school and college forensics programs and the speech activities of Japan's English Speaking Society with American college forensics. During the fall of 1975, a 34-item questionnaire was sent to the forensics directors of 1440 colleges, junior colleges, and universities with speech departments. Of the 67% responding, 78% conduct forensics programs, with the following geographic distribution: East, 17%; South, 26%; Midwest, 38%; and West, 19%. Among other facts, data show that during the past five years, 55% of the schools experienced a program expansion. A comparison of the resulting data with the Hirokawa-Klopf study of high school forensics shows that high school programs are oriented more toward individual events and interpretive arts than are college programs. A comparison of Japanese and American programs shows that American programs are generally older and that Japanese programs enroll more students, although Americans provide a greater variety of experiences. (Detailed data and tables of findings are included.) (JM)
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Identifiers - Location: Japan; United States