ERIC Number: ED244316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
The Ethics of Forensics: A Preliminary Inquiry.
Noting that the ethics of forensics is a complicated and controversial subject, this paper outlines some of the issues that should be addressed in preparing codes of ethics. The following issues are discussed: (1) the nature of professional ethics; (2) the functions of an ethics code; (3) approaches to ethical systems in forensics; (4) standards for debate tournament contestants, specifically in the areas of evidence usage, eligibility requirements, and debate strategies; (5) standards for debate coaching that pertain to overcoaching, recruiting, treatment of debaters, and coaching restrictions and academic freedom; (6) standards for tournament judges; (7) tournament standards; and (8) the nature of a code of ethics. The paper concludes that while there is much disagreement about what should be included in a code of ethics, it is important for scholars to be tolerant of other perspectives and not to use a code to stifle legitimate dissent. (FL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Debate Ethics
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Developmental Conference on Forensics (Evanston, IL, September 1984).