ERIC Number: ED381823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-20
Reference Count: N/A
The Administrative View of the Educational Perspectives in Forensics Activities for the 21st Century.
Schroeder, Anthony B.
An open-ended survey was sent to speech communication department heads to determine their perceptions about forensics as an educational activity. Results showed that administrators overwhelmingly considered debate to have been the most important educational activity they engaged in when they were students; they attributed many of their administrative skills to forensics participation. However, these same individuals questioned whether students today are receiving the same educational benefits they did through forensic activities. Most said that winning seemed to be the objective of the activity and indicated that clear well-stated educational objectives were needed to guide the activity. Many suggested that an educational forum should be created on campus not only to showcase student abilities but also to teach students about the need for communication in argumentation, critical thinking and refutation. Students need to understand that those who use excessive speed in their speeches will not find it helpful in most career choices. According to Richard Paine, chair at North Central College, speech communication educators are paying too much attention to delivery issues and too little attention to the more critical dimensions of research, organization and solid reasoning." Coaches must develop educational objectives if forensics is to remain a productive, well-funded activity. (Contains 12 references.) (TB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Administrator Surveys
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (80th, New Orleans, LA, November 19-22, 1994).