Welcome to Dave’s Free Speech Corner
This site contains many words concerning free speech in higher education in general and my situation in particular. Words are best understood when they are put into context. The purpose of these brief introductory videos is to provide a context for viewing and understanding the other materials I’ve posted on this website.
After the Kentucky Academy of Sciences presentation, several former students agreed to review the statistical analysis and theoretical foundations of our research. They also offered graphic expertise far beyond my own capabilities. This is the flash presentation that resulted from our collaboration. The analysis is quite similar but the theoretical foundations, the analysis, and the graphic are better.
You can find the PowerPoint Presentation itself here, or watch the video version below.
This presentation reflected the results of a survey study conducted at Berea College in the spring semester of 2018. It was presented at the Kentucky Academy of Science annual meeting in November 2020. The results showed that there were inconsistencies (i.e., dissonance) among respondents’ beliefs and between their explicit beliefs and actions. Surprisingly, once a situation was perceived to be a hostile environment, subjects did not believe it should be protected by academic freedom. Thus, academic freedom was afforded only in cases when it was not needed (i.e., situations perceived not to be hostile, offensive, or potentially hurtful).