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ERIC Number: ED084592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 8
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Debate Innovations at Workshops.
Kemp, Robert L.
Because of outside pressures, interscholastic debate is currently experiencing a period of criticism and self-examination, a factor which should cause debate directors to seek innovations in their programs. The best opportunities for experimentation are at workshops and summer institutes. One suggestion is that teams be given options in alloting their time, depending on whether they wish to give more emphasis to refutation or to constructive speeches. Immediate feedback could be provided to the debaters if the judge were to indicate at certain moments during a debate round, using a scorecard, how individual speakers are being rated. Judges should also be allowed to give tie decisions when the teams are so closely matched that a definitive decision is difficult to make. Finally, there could be an interruption system, so that an opponent or judge could stop a speaker for questions about material just presented. These are examples of innovations that should be subjected to workshop experiments. (RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (59th, New York City, November 8-11, 1973)