ERIC Number: ED116258
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Debate as a Paradigm for Demonstrating Skills in Communication and Persuasion.
Weisenborn, Ray E.
This paper presents a paradigm based upon four premises: persuasion is any means employed to make someone respond in a predetermined manner; persuasion is at its best in formal debate; debate should encourage judges to place confidence in debaters' credibility; and debating is an art in which the participants must be fully aware of their role as individuals communicating with other individuals. A figure of the paradigm is presented and contains the following elements: audience or judge, communication skills, persuasion skills, formal debate, and persuasion syndrome. The paradigm illustrates that debate is primarily a persuasive process within a larger persuasive syndrome; it is an arena for the exhibition, utilization, and application of interpersonal communication skills. The standards which a judge should adhere to when judging a debate utilizing this paradigm are discussed. (TS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (60th, Chicago, December 26-29, 1974)