ERIC Number: ED236739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov-11
Reference Count: 0
Towards an Audience Centered Debate Paradigm: An Examination of Some Existing Models. National Conference on the Development of Forensics: An Examination of the Last Decade in Forensics Viewed from the Perspective of the Recommendations of Sedalia.
Thorpe, Judie Mosier
A survey of 80 department chairpersons, directors of forensics, and debate coaches indicated an increased use of nontraditional, audience-centered debate paradigms since the National Developmental Conference on Forensics issued its report advancing alternative debate options during the 1970s. Report recommendations on expanding the role of tournament competition included the following: (1) providing forensic opportunities for a changing student population, (2) using forensics to influence public affairs, (3) building a supportive relationship between forensics educators and other members of the speech department, (4) developing ties with international programs, (5) offering a variety of forums to discuss significant contemporary issues, (6) developing course sequences in argumentation, and (7) preparing students for inquiry and advocacy roles on public policy. Survey respondents reported using 15 different alternatives to the traditional debate paradigm, listing the pro-con forum most often. They indicated a number of benefits of audience centered debates, including increased visibility for the forensics program, opportunity for audience analysis, and educational experiences for students. The potential for research in forensics increases as the debate paradigm continues to expand. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Debate Tournaments
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (69th, Washington, DC, November 10-13, 1983).