ERIC Number: ED169596
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Forensics in Speech Communication: Reassessment toward the Future.
Mills, Norbert H.
The tradition of forensics is being threatened by philosophical differences within departments of speech communication. If the area of forensics is to regain its former academic and cocurricular prominence, directors of forensics need to adjust to changing philosophies and needs. They must clarify the aims and goals of forensics programs, establish the significance of cocurricular offerings in forensics, and demonstrate that forensics deserves a place of prominence in speech communication departments. As nearly as possible, all speech communication majors should be exposed to forensics, and cocurricular and extracurricular forensics activities should be made more meaningful to a larger and more diverse part of the student body. Formal courses in argumentation, courses in the philosophy and directing of forensics, and participation in forensics activities should be required of all speech communication education majors and minors. Structural changes should be considered for such aspects of forensics education as the tournament system, noncompetitive activities, and intramural forensics. (GT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (St. Louis, Missouri, April 5-7, 1979)