Speech is a process, yet studies in human communication generally examine speech as a product. Rather than studying the decisions employed in the construction and reception of messages, most research in speech focuses upon evaluating communication products. This study represents an effort to build communication theory within a different paradigmatic perspective, employing ethnographic interview method for the purpose of generating theory.
The purpose of this study was to examine the composing processes of six successful student speakers as they prepared formal public speeches. The specific strategies and methods employed were found to vary among these students and to deviate significantly from instructors' prescriptions. The study also ascertained the degree to which past communication experiences and speech training influenced the students' attitudes, beliefs and values regarding speech communication. Applications to speech education at the post-secondary level were discussed, as was the impact of the factors of communication apprehension, gender and family background. Results were reported in extensive case-studies of each student subject.
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McGee, Nancy R.
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Dissertations, Academic -- Education; Education -- Dissertations, Academic
Andersen, Susan M., "The Composing Process and Speech Communication an Examination of the Strategies of Six Successful Student Speakers" (1988). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 4255.