Strategies for Effective Critical Listening in Argument

Consent to Participate in a Research Study

You are invited to participate in a research study about listening strategies employed by intercollegiate debaters who qualified for the elimination bracket at the American Forensic Association's National Debate Tournament. The project is being conducted by Doyle Srader, a professor at Northwest Christian University. It should take approximately ten minutes to complete.

If you agree to be part of the research study, you will be asked to respond to a series of open-ended questions about listening behaviors you employed during your career as a debater. The responses should take fifteen minutes or less to complete.

Benefits of the research: You may find that revisiting lessons you learned about listening during debates helps refresh your grasp of their meaning, and your listening behaviors improve. The results of this study will be presented and submitted for publication, and may equip educators to teach, research, and hone critical listening skills.

Risks and discomforts: Recalling past experiences related to your participation in intercollegiate debate may be uncomfortable. However, you are entirely free to choose what to include in your response. Your participation will be entirely confidential. You will be asked to give your name, the college for which you competed, the elimination round(s) you reached at the NDT, and the year(s), to enable a check of your eligibility to participate. After your eligibility is confirmed, all identifying information will be removed before response coding begins,

Compensation: No compensation for participation will be provided.

Confidentiality: Your responses will be automatically compiled in a spreadsheet and cannot be linked to you. All data will be stored in a password protected electronic format. The results of the study will be used for scholarly purposes only. Therefore, your responses will remain anonymous. No one will be able to identify you or your answers.

Participating in this study is completely voluntary. Even if you decide to participate now, you may change your mind and stop at any time. You may choose not to respond to any item for any reason.

If you have questions about this research study, you may contact Doyle Srader at 541-684-7216 or

If you feel you have not been treated according to the descriptions on this form, or that your rights as a participant in research have not been honored during the course of this project, or you have any questions, concerns or complaints that you wish to address to someone other than the investigator, you may contact the Chair of the Institutional Review Board, Dr. Mary Ann Winter-Messiers, at or 541-349-7440.

ELECTRONIC CONSENT: Please select your choice below. You may print a copy of this consent form for your records. Clicking on the "Yes" button indicates that you have read the above information, you voluntarily agree to participate, and you are 18 years of age or older.

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