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A study investigated the content of individual forensic events ballots. In the study, 150 high school and 274 college ballots were randomly selected from 17 tournaments, and each comment on each ballot was evaluated and coded. Data indicated that the overwhelming majority of comments on high-school ballots (64.57%) were positive comments; 32.68% of the comments on the college ballots were positive, and 24.13% of the comments were negative, none of which offer constructive or specific criticisms. A series of response papers comment on the results of the study: (1) Craig Brown argues that high school coaches should judge more and take the burden off lay volunteers who do not always offer instructive comments, and for college ballots, takes exception to the study's categorization that positive and negative comments are not useful; (2) Przybylo notes that college and high school ballots lack constructive comments, lack quality and lack justification of rank; (3) Celeste Devore is not surprised by the results of the study, and suggests that specific attention be given to a justification for rank on ballots; and (4) Bob Betts uses Przybylo's experiences in coaching at the college level to answer the question of how to improve the quality of Individual Events ballots. (RS)

Descriptors: Communication Research, Content Analysis, Debate, High Schools, Higher Education, Judges, Student Evaluation











Author: Przybylo, Jeff; And Others

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10698&id=ED386777



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