Master's Theses


Communication Studies

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Possible changes in the opinions of debaters about the nature or role of their activity or about the value they place on it have been suggested in recent studies. However, no comprehensive description of Kansas debate has been completed for the past two decades. If characteristics of debating have changed, or if opinions of the participants are changing in a manner so that tendencies become apparent, knowledge of them would be valuable to students and coaches alike. Information was collected from surveys administered to high school debaters and their coaches. Approximately half of all active coaches and debaters in the state were questioned. Results were tabulated so that responses of males and females, and of large, medium sized, and small school debaters, could be analyzed separately. Significant differences between responses of subgroups and between the two study groups were identified. Comparisons between the sample data and results from a previous study were made. Information from coaches about their training, experience, and individual programs was also tabulated and is presented. Results are described, and observations are discussed.


Willis M. Watt

Date of Award

Summer 1988

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1988 David J. Laudick


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