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ERIC Number: ED341095
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct-31
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
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The Tristate Region: Revitalizing High School Forensics Activities through the Collective Effort of College Programs.
Glenn, Robert J., III
A case study focused on a trio of forensics service areas in southeastern Illinois (Carmi and Mt. Carmel), southern Indiana (Evansville), and western Kentucky (Henderson, Owensboro, and Bowling Green) to examine the relative health and level of communication present within and among each of the three districts. Since most of the forensics programs in southeastern Illinois, an extremely rural area, were no longer fully active due to budget cuts and travel restrictions when this report was prepared, the analysis focused primarily on Kentucky and Indiana. Several prominent college and high school coaches from Kentucky and Indiana were interviewed to accurately assess the state of growth and cohesion present among forensics programs in the Tristate region. Findings indicated that in western Kentucky and Evansville, Indiana there is not enough funding or personnel resources to compete effectively, and there is little interaction between the two state associations. In Henderson, several small-town forensics programs lost their programs due to a shortage of funds, poor parental support, and coach burnout. Results suggested that the state speech associations in these three states may be partly to blame for the lack of cohesion and integration within the region, but lack of funds, coach burnout, lack of parental support, lukewarm administrative support, and an overemphasis on competitive, rather than educational, success are the common problems throughout the Tristate region. Results further indicated that high school coaches felt that college forensics organizations could do significantly more to promote student knowledge concerning active college programs. (PRA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky