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ERIC Number: ED263647
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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The Use of the Undergraduate Student in Tournament Management: Some Ethical Considerations.
Littlefield, Robert S.
To determine the extent of the involvement of undergraduates in speech tournament management, a survey was sent to 230 Directors of Forensics at schools with a Pi Kappa Delta affiliation. Most of the 102 respondents indicated that they use undergraduates when running a speech tournament but that concerns about utilizing undergraduates do exist. Major areas of concern are scheduling, tabulation, ballot distribution/checking, and judging--because students may lack the experience and the maturity to exercise ethical judgment. However, since it is almost impossible to run a tournament using only faculty members, steps must be taken to improve the quality of undergraduates involved. A curriculum should be established to educate undergraduates regarding tournament management. Also, opportunities should be provided at the high school and college level to give students practical experience in tournament management. If these steps are taken, the overall quality of future forensics coaches will be improved. Furthermore, more tournaments may exist if the coach does not have to run the tournament alone. (Tables of findings are included.) (DF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A