Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Carley Dodd, Larry Caillouet, Randall Capps
Department of Communication
Master of Arts
Based upon a multiple discriminant analysis designed to test the relationship between nine predictor variables and success in forensic competition, profiles for successful and unsuccessful competitors emerged. 1) Overall success in forensic competition was positively correlated to enrollment at larger schools, higher GPA, higher school classification, greater experience in both forensics in general and the relevant event in particular, higher self esteem, and was negatively correlated with dogmatism. 2) Success in debate was positively correlated to greater experience in forensics, enrollment at larger schools, and higher GPA. 3) Success in public speaking was positively correlated to higher GPA, experience in both the event and forensics, greater age, maleness, higher classification, enrollment at larger schools, and was negatively correlated with dogmatism. 4) Success in oral interpretation was correlated positively with enrollment at larger schools, higher school classification, greater experience in the event, higher GPA, higher self-esteem, and was negatively correlated with dogmatism and age.
Possible applications of the study are of interest to both the forensic coach and the forensic competitor. The need for further research in this area is apparent.
Communication | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Paine, Richard, "Variables Influencing Success or Lack of Success in Forensic Competition" (1979). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 3327.