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ERIC Number: ED259427
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Pages: 13
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The Participation and Success of Women in CEDA Debate.
Medcalf, Lawrence D.
A study was conducted to investigate the success of women contestants in Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) debate. The study sought to determine whether (1) CEDA is a more attractive debate activity for women, (2) men are more successful in CEDA debate than women, (3) the gender mix of debate teams favors all-male teams over all-female or mixed-gender teams, and (4) all-male teams are more popular than all-female or mixed-sex teams. Seven tournaments from 1984 were studied. The results indicated that men outnumbered women by more than two to one, while seven out of ten participants in each of the tournaments were male. Many females who began debate activity in the fall did not continue it through the spring. Males appeared to have a higher success rate than females in CEDA. Although there were more two-male teams than two-female or mixed-sex teams, they did not exist in the same disproportionate ratio as the number of males and females in the tournament. Finally, the study indicated that while male teams did enjoy a slightly higher success rate than the other two combinations, mixed-sex and female teams also have a high success rate. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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