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ERIC Number: ED265607
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Pages: 21
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Who Should Judge CEDA Debate?
Gotcher, James M.
The most common criticism of CEDA (Cross Examination Debate Association) debate tournaments voiced by coaches and students alike centers on the quality of judging. If the debater is completely unaware of the qualifications or credentials of the critic, he or she will be unable to fulfill the judge's expectations. Debates are then lost not on analysis, evidence, or logic, but on a lack of knowledge of the judge's preferences. A competent critic must possess three important qualities: (1) an understanding of the rules governing debate activity, (2) an understanding of logical thought, and (3) an analytical mind. This is not to suggest that tournament directors intentionally recruit ill-qualified judges, but they have a responsibility to those participating to provide the contestants with competent judges. The first step is to require competing schools to fulfill the "one judge per two teams standard" obligation. The tournament directors must also brief the judging pool on CEDA goals, speaking order, nature of the resolution, and the responsibilities of the various speakers. This can be accomplished by means of a review sheet, or practice sessions with judges several days before a tournament. (A sample judges review sheet is included.) (HTH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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