ERIC Number: ED224083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Ethics and Evidence: The Ideal.
Friedley, Sheryl A.
A review of the ethical standards established by the forensic community for use of evidence in contest speaking reveals that (1) there is a paucity of specific ethical guidelines established for contest speaking in the textbook literature, and (2) the standards outlined are stated in terms of "unethical behavior" rather than of positive guidelines for appropriate ethical behavior. Most textbooks focusing on the coaching of contest speaking address the use of evidence from a "qualitative" rather than an "ethical" perspective, although the forensic community has experssed a concern about this issue. The National Forensic Association and the American Forensic Association have established some guidelines on the ethical aspect of evidence usage. Unfortunately, the only section of the National Forensic Association code to specifically address the use of evidence focuses on the issue of plagiarism, but with little amplification of the term or the many variations of willful distortion that may also be considered unethical for contest speaking. The code of the American Forensic Association focuses on three concerns--fabrication, distortion, and plagiarism--and outlines a penalty for contest violators. Thus it is the obligation of the forensic community as a whole both to establish ethical regulations for contest speakers and to hold contestants accountable for violations. (HTH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: American Forensic Association; National Forensic Association
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (68th, Louisville, KY, November 4-7, 1982).