- The purpose of this study was to discover whether or not imitation is still a viable concept in speech training. A descriptive study was conducted to discover if students learning to speak in various situations made a conscious effort to imitate, or tried to imitate others in their own milieu, to use them as speech models. Did they set goals to imitate, specify ideals about others, or express a desire to be like others in speech?, In order to gather information for this study, an inquiry was conducted among three groups of students at The Pennsylvania State University and the State University of New York at Oneonta, using self-reports. From these reports, data were collected and analyzed., The results showed that students do identify their speech with others, that they identify both positive and negative speech models, but they do not consciously imitate others for their own improvement although they have the ability to do so., It was concluded that imitation is a viable method for teaching speech. Most students, except for certain reticent students, can imitate other speakers and should be encouraged to do so as part of their speech training. Modelling can be used for analysis of students' ability to speak, for setting goals and objectives in speech training, and to some extent, in diagnosing certain nonpathological speech disorders., and In addition to these conclusions, certain implications for further study have been suggested.
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- Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University 1983.
- Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 45-01, Section: A, page: 1700.
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