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Crawford, Paul K.||Wood, Margaret Louise||Turner, Caryl

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M.A. (Master of Arts)

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Department of Speech


Debates and debating


The title of this study was A Survey of the Administration and Financing of Extra-curricular Debate Programs in the State of Illinois, 1963-1964. The study was primarily descriptive in nature. The survey was conducted through the use of a questionnaire which was mailed to each school that participated in the Illinois High School Association Illinois High School Debate Tournament for 1964. There were 135 such schools in Illinois. Of this total, 102 schools responded to the questionnaire. The questionnaire asked questions about the number of students participating in the extra-curricular debate program, how many contests each school entered in 1963-19^+» and the levels of debate experience that the schools offered to the students in their individual programs. Also, the schools were questioned about their current debate affiliations. If the schools had no present debate league membership, they were asked about the possibility of becoming members of a debate league, or conference. These schools were also asked whether they would like to belong to a debate league consistent with the membership of their present athletic league or conference. The manner in which, a school received its financial support was also investigated. The schools were asked whether they received their financial support from the board of education alone, just from work projects, or from a combination of board funds and work projects. The amount of money each school was allocated to maintain its program, and the means by which the money could be spent were also investigated. Some of the means investigated were the purchasing of student meals, and the payment of expense for overnight debate trips. Finally, the study investigated the manner in which directors of debate were compensated for conducting the extra-curricular debate programs. If it was determined that the compensation was monetary, the amount of the monetary compensation was asked. These schools were asked whether the director of the extra-curricular debate program was given released time from their regular teaching assignments as a means of compensation for coaching extra-curricular debate. The results of this study were tabulated, and percentages were established for the answers to each of these questions. It was found that the larger schools in Illinois had programs that offered more opportunities for debating experience for their students than did the smaller schools. More of the larger schools also purchased students' meals and paid for all expenses on overnight debate trips than did the smaller schools. It was also established that the larger schools also had more money for debate, and that the coaches of extra-curricular debate in larger schools received more compensation than did the coaches of smaller high schools, in most cases. It is hoped that this survey met a need for providing some basic facts about current practices in the administration and financing of interscholastic debate in Illinois.


Includes bibliographical references.


41 pages




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