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ERIC Number: ED155747
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Pages: 16
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Debate as Encapsulated Conflict: Ruled Controversy as an Approach to Learning Conflict Management Skills.
Lee, David G.; Hensley, Carl Wayne
Debate can provide a format for the development of communication skills to aid students in managing conflicts, because an understanding of rule-governed communication in conflict situations is invaluable in constructive conflict management. Since in debate procedural rules restrict discussion primarily to substantive and procedural topics, debate practice enables students to argue in a rule-bound context. An awareness of communication rules alerts the students to the expectations of appropriate behavior and equips him or her to deal with them. Approaching the argumentation and debate course in a learning laboratory orients students to the basic concept of debate as a rule-governed conflict in substantive and procedural areas. Debate skills need not be limited to the public forum, but can be usefully adapted and applied to a range of interpersonal situations in which conflict is primarily in substantive and procedural areas. Laboratory situations range from informal dyads and groups (in which participants discuss, negotiate, and decide on the rules to be followed) to the formal debate (in which two or four people interact in role-assigned ways following the more formal rules of organized debate). (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Central States Speech Association (Chicago, Illinois, April 13-15, 1978)