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ERIC Number: ED359569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Student Attitudes towards Rhetorical Criticism in Individual Events Competition.
Olesen, Kirsten Britt
A study examined attitudes that discourage students from competing in rhetorical criticism forensic events. Subjects, 31 students at the Michigan Intercollegiate Speech Association state championship, completed a questionnaire. Results indicated that: (1) only 1 of the 11 subjects who had experience in competitive rhetorical criticism chose to stop participating in the event; (2) of the 20 respondents who had never competed, only 8 claimed that they believed a rhetorical criticism speech was too difficult to write; (3) gender differences apparently played no part in competitor apprehension; (4) several subjects indicated an influence of educational level, interests and exposure on participation in rhetorical criticism; (5) lack of understanding about the rhetorical criticism event appeared to be a primary reason for competitor avoidance; and (6) encouragement from coaches was a significant factor in a student's decision to pursue success in rhetorical criticism. Findings suggest that intercollegiate forensic coaches and facilitators need to provide ample encouragement to their students and decide exactly what rhetorical criticism is. (Twenty-three references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan