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Date of Award


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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Martin T. Gipson

First Committee Member

Kenneth L. Beauchamp

Second Committee Member

John P. Dunning


A three-group baseline-treatment case history design was used to compare the effectiveness of positive and corrective verbal feedback for improving the skill of passing for experienced male collegiate volleyball players. Sixteen players were blocked into two skill levels, high and low and then randomly assigned to one of three feedback groups, positive, corrective, or no feedback. The head coach gave feedback to the players during the four sessions they attended. Passing statistics were recorded to determine the effectiveness of the differential feedback on the players' skill of passing. Results show that there was not a significant overall decrease in the performance of the positive feedback group. The corrective group did not increase their passing performance in comparison to that of the other groups. There were mixed results with the high skilled corrective passers slightly declining in performance and the low skilled slightly increasing in their performance.




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