ERIC Number: ED217503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
An Empirical Analysis of the Value Debate Phenomenon.
Logue, Brenda J.; Verch, Stephen L.
A survey was conducted of students participating in the 1982 Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) tournament to uncover the reasons why they were competing in CEDA, whether they had ever participated in the National Debate Tournament (NDT), and which style of debate they preferred. Of the 133 respondents, 83 males and 50 females, 42% indicated that they had debated in both CEDA and NDT. Of those who had participated in both types of debate, 68% preferred CEDA. The remaining respondents had competed only in CEDA, preferred individual events to debate, or preferred NDT to CEDA without indicating a college background in NDT. The three major reasons given for participating in CEDA were (1) personal preference, (2) the respondent's debate coach asked him or her to try CEDA, and (3) it was the only form of debate at the respondent's school. Over half of the students provided other reasons for competing in CEDA, including development of communication skills, less time committed to research, partner problems, and enhancement of logical and analytical abilities. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cross Examination Debate Association; Debate Tournaments; National Debate Tournament
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (Hartford, CT, May 6-9, 1982).