Date of Award

Fall 1971

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Staudacher, Joseph

Second Advisor

Price, Michael

Third Advisor

Hellman, Hugo


The Gabriel Richard Institute first came to the attention of the author in the fall of 1964 when he began his career as a high school teacher of speech. A fellow faculty member suggested that the Institute's Leadership Course, the forerunner of the basic course, might offer some techniques which would be helpful in the classroom. Some of the methods used by the Institute proved so effective that the possibility of evaluating them was investigated in a study preliminary to this thesis. The study revealed that previous theses and papers had undertaken an evaluation of similar courses. No academic critique had been made of the basic course of the Gabriel Richard Institute, however. These factors led to the choice of the subject for this thesis.