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ERIC Number: ED341088
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-1
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Non-Forensics After-Life of a Forensics Director.
Nicolai, Michael T.
A study investigated the personal and career choices that motivate an educator's departure from active involvement in forensics activities, and what trends, if any, exist concerning what former directors do in place of forensics. The study also investigated how forensics participation as a coach/director impacted on the individual, and what suggestions these individuals might have for change in the forensic activity itself. A cross sectional sample of former coaches and directors which included debate and individual events specialists and community college and four-year institutions, and took into account geographic distribution and range of time spent in forensics direction, was surveyed by telephone. Results showed that: (1) the greatest number of factors for leaving the activity were associated with the personal demands (especially time and travel) placed on directors; (2) activities taken on since leaving forensics included administration, consulting and volunteer projects, and course development; (3) the most transferable skills were thought to be organizational abilities, student interaction skills, and money management; (4) the most positive aspect of the career change was having the time to do other things; (5) the most missed aspect of forensics was direct interaction with students; and (6) there was a general consensus that the winning standards of forensic competitions were not reality standards, and that performance evaluation standards should be reassessed. (One table of data is included.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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