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ERIC Number: ED359583
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May-1
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Quotational Choices in Impromptu Speaking: A Study in Student Preferences.
Dickmeyer, Scott G.; Givens, Alan
A study examined forensic competitor preference in choosing quotations for analysis in the event of impromptu speaking. Subjects were 62 competitors in one year and 59 competitors in the next year at an invitational tournament at a large midwestern university. The quotations for the tournament were divided into two groups. The first year, subjects chose quotations from "cynical" or "non-cynical" groups of quotations, and the second year, subjects chose from "humorous" or "non-humorous" groups of quotations. Results indicated that: (1) students had a preference in the types of quotations they chose to analyze; (2) topic choice was an indicator of advancement to the final round the first year but not the second year; and (3) no significant differences were found when gender difference was considered a variable for topic choice. Findings suggest that tournament directors should be concerned with the choice of quotations they offer to students. Future research should consider whether quotation length may affect choice. (Ten tables of data are included; 15 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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