ERIC Number: ED340083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-1
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Philosophy of Coaching Forensics.
Derryberry, Bob R.
Sound philosophical principles of coaching can enhance forensic programs as a whole while providing fulfilling student experiences. A forensic education philosophy involves recognizing the place and function of such values as freedom of expression, honesty, and creativity. Promotion of surface skills alone is an inadequate rationale for establishing and administering forensic programs; the focus must be on student development. Team members' views of listeners reflect their forensic program's philosophy. Participants should view audiences as an essential part of forensics. Coaches should encourage debaters to channel forensic participation beyond tournament settings to develop flexible, comprehensive skills. Program dimensions must also pay attention to language sensitivity and utilization, rejecting practices that use language as a means to deceive or mislead listeners and that use specialized language for a narrow audience. In addition, forensic coaching must integrate research, laboratory skills, and competencies. Students should be encouraged to take part in diverse kinds of forensic competitions. Comprehensive programs promote student growth, an achievement that is impossible with more limited participation. Coaching should encourage ethical values and discussion of social issues. Practice can improve student development, and rewards can motivate continued improvement. The forensic coach should serve as a role model of the ethical person. (Seventeen references are listed.) (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Debate Coaches; Debate Theory; Debate Tournaments
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).