In this research project the author aims to create a new defense for the creation or continued existence of Forensics programs in higher education. After a thorough review of the current practices in Forensics, as well as the defenses used in years past, the author lays out the framework for the research. An assessment guide, presented to the 1998 National Communication Association conference, which sets forth expectations and guidelines for a basic and advanced education in speech communication, acts as the benchmark for the inclusion of forensics into the discipline of speech communication. The author conducted one-on-one interviews with Forensics professionals from around the United States to establish whether or not Forensics activities satisfy the goals of both communication and general education as well as whether or not they can, through competition, act as an assessment tool for the departments that house them. Results serve to establish Forensics as a legitimate tool to assess communication departments and general education within the college and university systems.
|Advisor:||Wrobbel, Eric D.|
|Commitee:||Alexander, Alicia, Brown, Jocelyn|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 52/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Debate, Individual events, Interpretation of literature, Limited preparation, Public speaking, Speech forensics|
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