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ERIC Number: ED361759
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Considering the Role of the Physically Challenged Student in Individual Events Competition.
Kosloski, David L.
To consider the role of the physically challenged student in collegiate individual events competition, a study examined the results of a preliminary survey distributed to a sampling of forensic administrators concerning the presence, recruitment, and evaluation of such students in programs nationwide. Questionnaires were mailed to 113 directors of Individual Events Programs at a sampling of institutions who were members of the National Forensic and the American Forensic Associations. A combination of both closed and open-ended questions were developed which asked about: the nature of each physically challenged student's disability, recruiting choices, concerns as a coach regarding the needs of physically challenged students, concerns as a judge regarding the evaluation of the physically challenged performer, and suggestions/opinions regarding the role of such students in collegiate forensics. Fifty-two questionnaires (46%) were returned. Results revealed that while attitudes toward diversity in forensics are positive, the logistics governing its achievement are decidedly undermining. The financial costs associated with coaching these students may often be prohibitive. In addition, lack of training causes anxiety for many coaches; student-to-student relations and applying standard criteria for evaluation are also problem areas. (The questionnaire is attached.) (NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A