ERIC Number: ED120832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
The Swing to Systems Analysis: A Revolution in Debate Judging Standards?
Thomas, David A.
A new debate strategy which may be used in judging academic debates is the application of policy systems analysis. In the policy systems analysis approach, the negative team must advocate a policy system just as the affirmative team does, providing a comparison for the debate judge. The major difference between systems analysis and traditional debate analysis is the role played by the judge--either policy chooser or hypothesis tester--whose decision related to the issues of presumption, inherency, and significance must be influenced by the underlying tenets of policy systems analysis. Thus, the decision is based on more than the traditional stock issues which lead to either acceptance or rejection of the resolution. This approach, still an innovation, needs more research, more thought, more use, and more exchange at conventions and in journals. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (San Antonio, Texas, April 1976)