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ERIC Number: ED264605
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Pages: 17
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Philosophy and Reality at a Research University.
Dudczak, Craig A.
Directors of forensics at research universities are subject to a conflict between attaining pedagogically justified goals for forensic activities and the realities incumbent upon the mission of a research university. The ideal, pedagogical view of forensics maintains that a forensics program should offer a broad range of activities, should be accessible to all interested undergraduate students, and should be viewed as humanistic education. However, institutional priorities often diminish the "ideal." As research universities increase their pressures upon all faculty for research productivity, the time allocated for forensics becomes increasingly unrealistic. So the first two ideals of a program, being multi-faceted and appealing to all interested undergraduate students, are likely to be eroded by the demand characteristics and evaluation procedures operating at graduate research universities. Additionally, the shift in the field of communication from a humanistic orientation to a social/behavioral science perspective tends to delegitimize the operation of a forensics program. While there should be a shift in the preparation of the next generation of forensics directors towards this social science perspective, there is some question whether the field of communication will be as accommodating of forensics programs in research universities. (Author/HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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