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ERIC Number: ED186953
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Coaching: A Humanistic Perspective.
Louden, Allan D.
A humanistic approach to debate coaching enhances the ideal of free thought by opposing any censorship of ideas, promoting a wide variety of perspectives on human experience, and encouraging independent, critical thinking and problem solving. This is opposed to traditional authoritarian models in which the teacher is the powerful decision maker and dispenser of truth while the student is passive. The coach who approaches responsibilities from a humanistic perspective can offer the student far more than just a knowledge of the skills involved. A person-centered atmosphere can be created to draw on the vast resources that the individual brings to the activity, emphasizing process-oriented learning where much of the responsibility for success lies with the participants and the direction is self-initiated. (DF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Speech Communication Association (Birmingham, AL, April 8-11, 1980).