ERIC Number: ED424597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Judges as the Centrality of Forensics: An Examination of Norms & Training in Forensics Adjudication.
A pilot study analyzed oral interpretation ballots collected at two college forensics tournaments to determine the average number and classifications of comments on the ballots. A total of 1,737 comments from 304 ballots of oral interpretation events (prose, poetry, program, duo, and dramatic) were analyzed. Results indicated a mean of 5.71 comments per ballot and a total of 25 classifications of comments (including vocal delivery, introduction, characterization, emotion, and physical delivery). Findings suggest that interpretation ballots are productive tools for facilitating student improvement. On the whole, judges try to use the ballot as an educational tool. Further research should focus on specific events in the hopes of better understanding each of the oral interpretation arenas. (Contains a table of data and 25 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (83rd, Chicago, IL, November 19-23, 1997).