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ERIC Number: ED341082
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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A Rationale for Incorporating Extemporaneous Lincoln-Douglas Debate into Individual Events Tournaments.
Huebner, Thomas M., Jr.
Intercollegiate competitive speech and debate is at a crossroads requiring massive reforms, or the academic exercise will lose its power to provide lasting benefits. Likewise, the scope of individual events is in a constant state of change. One constant, however, is the value of extemporaneous speaking which encompasses many of the ideals essential for a competent public speaker. Lincoln-Douglas (L-D) debates, modelled on campaign contests between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln, are battles of logic, evidence, and verbal artistry between two individuals. Principles of persuasion are at the heart of L-D debate, and time constraints require competitors to efficiently organize and analyze the content of the round. Considering the benefits of both extemporaneous and L-D debate, the logical conclusion is to merge the two forms in a way that creates a pedagogically superior event, incorporating the limited preparation, topic choice, and research methodology of extemporaneous speaking and the time format and persuasive intent of Lincoln-Douglas debate. 1987 Pi Kappa Delta Convention and Contest Rules offer a possible foundation for extemporaneous L-D debate. (A sample ballot sheet for such a debate, and 26 notes are included.) (SG)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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