Competencies of informational speaking as perceived by selected American and Thai speech professors Public Deposited

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  • This study explored the applicability of a small portion of Western communication theory and practice to an Eastern culture. It compared the opinions or professional judgments of five Thai speech instructors who had obtained their doctorates in American universities with those of five American speech instructors who hold doctorates in the same discipline. The study was designed to investigate the assumed differences between Thai and American speech instructors with respect to their judgment of the level of importance of selected competencies in public, informational speaking. An instrument was developed and administered to five Thai and five American speech instructors. Internal consistency of the instrument was determined, and a statistical test was used to ascertain differences and similarities of the two groups of instructors' responses. Within the limitations discussed in the study, the results revealed that the Americans rated 30 of 35 items higher than Thai speech instructors. However, the higher ratings were significant only for those items relating to eye contact, language usage, ability to analyze an audience, and speaker interest in sharing information. Definite conclusions regarding the differences in ratings between American and Thai speech instructors on the level of importance of selected competencies in informational speaking cannot be drawn from the results because of the limitation within which the study was accomplished. Additional research is needed. The questionnaire should be further developed and tested by submitting it to a larger sample of speech instructors. However, the results did lend support to the theoretical rationale that the Western rhetorical theory involved is not directly applicable to the Eastern culture of Thailand.
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