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ERIC Number: ED341102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov-2
Pages: 16
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Strategies for Coaching and Future Directions of Contest Persuasion.
Sellnow, Timothy L.
Much progress has been made in recent decades in improving the quality and quantity of speech competition. The forensic community has endorsed a justification of forensics that emphasizes its educational value. Some critics complain that current competition structure creates detachment from educational opportunities and leads to pandering to judges, but fails to teach adaptation to an audience. Furthermore, the problem-solution formula tends to dominate in competitions, while other persuasion patterns are downplayed. To increase the likelihood of achieving debate's educational purpose, planners can either add events requiring student experimentation with other organizational patterns or can change the approach to the persuasive speaking event. Adding such new events as inspirational speaking or courtroom advocacy merely addresses a symptom, not the problem itself. Experiential education, specifically Alverno College's Off Campus Experiential Learning Program, offers a useful model for improving the educational value of an activity. The program stresses three steps: (1) goal setting; (2) reading the environment (or, in the debate setting, audience analysis); and (3) reflecting. Such an approach can help underscore the educational purpose of debate competition. Consideration of the educational merit of persuasive speaking will contribute to its justification in the decades to come. (Nineteen references are attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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