ERIC Number: ED248562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The 4-H Debate Project: Getting Adults and Children Involved in Communication.
Atwater, Deborah F.
Intended to enhance adult leadership skills, the 4-H Debate Project, developed by the 4-H Communication Committee of Delaware County (Pennsylvania), was designed to (1) increase the members' knowledge of library skills through research, (2) make them aware of current issues, (3) help them to become better public speakers and communicators, (4) give them opportunities to express themselves on certain issues, (5) enable them to resolve conflicts creatively through discussion, and (6) make them aware of the necessity and the rewards of working with others toward a common goal. Using a modified version of the parliamentary style of debate, the affirmative and negative sides can have more than the traditional members of a debating squad. The topics selected for debate are developed from discussions that occur during club meetings or gatherings that young people might attend. Manuals for members, leaders, and judges guarantee that those with little or no background in debate can successfully organize and conduct this project. In one debate between two classes of elementary school children, judging was handled by three seniors enrolled in a learning enrichment program. In this way, young children, teenagers, and the adult leaders became involved in the communication project. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: 4 H Debate Project