Forensic coaches believe and argue oral interpretation events are educational in nature and provide robust learning opportunities for the competitors who participate in oral interpretation. However, while many scholars claim oral interpretation events are educational, learning outcomes (LOs) do not exist to measure what is learned. Therefore, to measure if oral interpretation competitors are learning, I led focus groups consisting of North Dakota speech coaches to determine what we can expect competitors to learn by participating in the oral interpretation events sanctioned by the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA). Using thematic analysis of the focus groups, I illuminated six areas where competitors may learn through oral interpretation participation: reading, analysis, performance, voice, collaboration, and writing. Unfortunately, the primary purpose to identify oral interpretation learning outcomes did not emerge from the data. The forensic community at all levels of the activity have much work ahead to build the LOs which can demonstrate by contemporary standards the educational benefits of the interpretation events.


Daniel Cronn-Mills

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James Dimock

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Kirsti Cole

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Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Arts and Humanities

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