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ERIC Number: ED418455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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Pedagogical Possibilities for Argumentative Agency in Academic Debate.
Mitchell, Gordon
Argumentation skills are frequently touted as archetypal tools of democratic empowerment, yet theorization of ways to use such tools to achieve concrete social change is rare. As a result, the emancipatory "telos" anchoring American academic policy debate tends to gallop ahead of practical efforts to build empowerment through the debate medium. After considering ways in which the traditional simulation-based contest round format in academic debate may reinforce such a dynamic, this essay explores an alternative vision of debate pedagogy oriented toward cultivation of argumentative agency. It is suggested that this sort of agency can be developed best when teachers and students of debate engage wider spheres of deliberation and learn from practical experience as actors in the public realm. (Includes 25 notes; contains 44 references.) (Author/NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Critical Pedagogy; Debate Coaches
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Communication Association (83rd, Chicago, IL, November 19-23, 1997).