ERIC Number: ED410592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-11
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The Research Foundation for Instruction in the Basic Public Speaking Course.
Hugenberg, Lawrence W.; Moyer, Barbara S.
A study examined the research base for public speaking instruction. Persuasive speaking, informative speaking, and audience analysis and adaptation in five introductory public speaking textbooks were examined. Four of the texts were selected because they have survived in the marketplace through multiple editions; the fifth book was selected because it was marketed as having a research foundation. Results indicated that: (1) many unsupported assertions were included in the texts; (2) the poorly-supported assertions in textbooks do not prepare students for public speaking; (3) the way authors write about public speaking should incorporate the same principles expected from students in their class papers, from colleagues submitting manuscripts for publication, and from the editorial boards of professional journals; (4) there is little, if any, documented support for the ways public speaking is taught; and (5) needed research in the basic public speaking course would not be difficult to conduct. (Contains 40 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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