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ERIC Number: ED314771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Taking CEDA Debaters Out of the Normal Tournament Setting.
Stepp, Pamela
Debate educators have been concerned about the disadvantages of tournament debating. While student debaters have learned critical thinking, research, writing, public speaking, and other skills, some former participants feel the experience left them too argumentative generally. Some scholars favor moving away from formal debating contests. A greater emphasis on basic research on argumentation would be more in keeping with other speech communication study. A shift to community and campus programs could generate greater public support for forensics. In addition, debates before lay audiences could teach students to adapt to situations and to learn to communicate more effectively. Audience-centered debates would also be more likely to trigger interest among other students. Furthermore, such debates can provide a forum for community issues. Educators need to do more research on audience-centered debate and to tell each other of work being done at the universities. If effort continues to be devoted exclusively to tournament debates, interest in debating may disappear. (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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