Casey Merrell
Educational Technology
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Community College / Lower Division
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    Exploring Public Speaking: 4th Edition Review Rubric


    This is a review of Exploring Public Speaking: 4th Edition by Casey Merrell a speech instructor at River Parishes Community College.  The link the book can be found here:


    The text covers all areas and ideas of the subject appropriately and provides an effective index and/or glossary.

    The book opens by explaining the time and dedication it took to take this book from idea to reality.  Once you move past the acknowledgements you will find a nicely laid out table of contents. The book does well by covering the major elements involved in public speaking. It tackles all the themes found highly priced textbooks while also making the material user friendly. The authors do well by adding in photos and charts when needed to help expand upon the text.  I think the authors did a wonderful job at making the book appeal to college level readers by removing fluff material and getting down to the facts. You can tell from the content the authors want students to put the information to use in a classroom setting. However, the authors could do well to continue to remove fluff by removing words such as olfactory or gustatory as they play little role in actually giving a speech.

    Content Accuracy

    Content is accurate, error-free and unbiased.

    Overall the text is delivered in a scholarly manner, and readable and neatly proofread. The authors repeat in some sections which can be cumbersome at time.

    Relevance Longevity

    Content is up-to-date, but not in a way that will quickly make the text obsolete within a short period of time. The text is written and/or arranged in such a way that necessary updates will be relatively easy and straightforward to implement.

    Public speaking, for the most part, remains unchanged over the year in terms of the building blocks. The authors did well by removing outdated mentions of using slides and transparencies used in the 1970s and 1980s. In this edition there is a section that covers humor used in speeches and touches using sources from social media.


    The text is written in lucid, accessible prose, and provides adequate context for any jargon/technical terminology used.

    EPS 4th Edition is a straightforward and light read. Major ideas and points are highlighted and stored in bold charts thoughtout the text. The text gives students the technical vocabulary required to understand the main points of public speaking while showing readers what they look like in action as well.


    The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.

    The tone, language, and overall presentation are generally consistent with other major texts on the topic.


    The text is easily and readily divisible into smaller reading sections that can be assigned at different points within the course (i.e., enormous blocks of text without subheadings should be avoided). The text should not be overly self-referential, and should be easily reorganized and realigned with various subunits of a course without presenting much disruption to the reader.

    Chapters are broken down into main sections and then divided into subsections. The introduction of chapters flows nicely with any class schedule and approach to teaching the material. This also makes it easy to teach chapters out of order while still having the material make sense to students. 




    Organization Structure Flow

    The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion.

    This organization of the book makes sense and follows the pattern of other texts on this topic.


    The text is free of significant interface issues, including navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, and any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader.

    This eBook allows readers to click on chapter titles in the table of contents so one can swiftly get to the material.  It is also easy to search for word or concepts.

    Grammatical Errors

    The text contains no grammatical errors.

    The grammar appears to be correct and word choice present material clearly.

    Cultural Relevance

    The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It should make use of examples that are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.

    The authors take great strides in making note of gender pronouns they singular use of the word "they."  EPS 4th Edition also keep in touch with modern technology and trends.