Forensic scholars have long written about the educational benefits of forensics, but very few have attempted to tie the activity to learning objectives from the curriculum. This thesis seeks to determine if collegiate forensics can offer the same learning opportunities as one of the most common and fundamental communication classes in the discipline: the basic communication course. This research uses experiential learning as a pedagogical framework for forensics in attempting to answer if forensics can offer the same learning opportunities of the basic communication course, and if so, how the activity does this and what the students actually learn. Likert scale items are used to collect data, as well as open-ended survey prompts. Results are presented and then conclusions are drawn for both forensics and the basic communication course.
Jasper S. Hunt
Date of Degree
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Arts and Humanities
Walker, B. (2012). Forensics and the Basic Communication Course: A New Path to Satisfying Learning Outcomes [Master’s thesis, Minnesota State University, Mankato]. Cornerstone: A Collection of Scholarly and Creative Works for Minnesota State University, Mankato. https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/etds/119/
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