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ERIC Number: ED314779
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Diffusion of Debate to China.
Woolsey, Mark; And Others
The idea of establishing some form of exchange among student debaters from the United States and the People's Republic of China (PRC) grew out of the participation of California State University (CSU) (Northridge) in the 1987 debates in Montreal between American and Canadian universities. Since CSU Northridge was in the process of expanding its academic relationships with universities in the PRC, training in argumentation and debate appeared to offer a unique opportunity to contribute further to Chinese education. A tournament was scheduled for January 1989. The setting provided for each team to debate once on the affirmative and once on the negative in non-decision encounters. After the conclusion of all the debates the American judges met to select the top four Chinese teams and top four individual Chinese debaters. The Chinese critics similarly selected the American award winners. Factors which may limit the diffusion of debate in China include the expense of hosting a tournament, politically sensitive issues, the highly conservative personality of the Chinese, and the weak networks of communication between some universities. It seems probable that the diffusion of both debate and democracy will go hand-in-hand. (MG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China