ERIC Number: ED439467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
A Taxonomy of Pre/Post Performance Behaviors for Speakers and Audiences in the Basic Course.
Alexander, Bryant Keith
Noting that introductory public speaking and performance studies classes are often met with great anxiety and trepidation, this paper describes and categorizes the necessary student and audience behaviors at three levels of involvement: 1) pre-performance, 2) post-performance, and 3) audience participation. Teachers can show students how to apply a six-stage approach (acknowledge, ascend, approach, assess, attend, and activate) to each of the three levels of involvement. The paper describes how to debrief students at the end of a performance round. When applied and engaged fully by students, the taxonomy presented in this paper contributes to a positive performance environment and helps to reduce anxiety while encouraging a fuller understanding of the variables that affect credibility and the role of the audience. (RS)
Descriptors: Audience Participation, Audiences, Communication Apprehension, Communication Skills, Higher Education, Introductory Courses, Public Speaking, Secondary Education, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Communication Association, Annandale, VA.