The quantitative analysis of this paper was undertaken to discover coach definitions of "original work" in platform speaking in the community college forensics competition. A survey was conducted to determine if there was any consistency to coaching practices when considering a recent rule change requiring that all platform speeches be the original work of the student. Although the literature review indicates that academia has established guidelines for plagiarism and unattributed collaboration, no such consistent definition was found among the coaches surveyed. The discussion of the results revolves around the conclusion that coaches are consistent in their own practices but those practices are not universal within the field. Ultimately, the conclusion is that an agreed upon definition of "original work" remains in question.
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Swift, Crystal Lane and Rybold, Gary
"Finding an Acceptable Definition of "Original" Work in Platform Speeches: A Study of Community College Coaches,"
Speaker & Gavel: Vol. 44
, Article 4.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/speaker-gavel/vol44/iss1/4