ERIC Number: ED368011
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Argument for the Requirement of Judging Philosophies at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament.
Crawford, C. B.
Noting that the use and utility of judging philosophy statements have long been a contested issue in intercollegiate debate, this paper examines the rationale for using philosophy statements, discusses the effectiveness of philosophy statements, and advocates the use of such statements at Pi Kappa Delta's National Tournament. The paper notes that research on the rationale for using philosophy statements concluded that three basic benefits result from philosophy statements: better audience analysis, formalization of judge's positions, and more effective coaching. Research on the effectiveness of philosophy statements have been inconclusive, but the paper argues that use of philosophy statements may be the best method of gaining insight into a critic's behavior at the Pi Delta Kappa National Tournament, but that the use of the judging philosophy statement at every tournament would render the tool ineffective. The paper reasons that to make the technique more effective several changes on the statement should be considered. The paper draws specific conclusions about the use of judging philosophy statements at the National Tournament. Contains 13 references. (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Communication Context; Debate Tournaments; Judge Philosophy Statements; Pi Kappa Delta
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (79th, Miami Beach, FL, November 18-21, 1993).