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ERIC Number: ED341103
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Debate Philosophy Statements as Predictors of Critic Attitudes: A Summary and Direction of Research.
Dudczak, Craig; Day, Donald
Philosophy statements have been used in the National Debate Tournament (NDT) since the mid-1970s and the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) National Tournament since its 1986 inception. The statements should help debaters adapt to critics' expressed preferences. Moreover, philosophy statements can guide the study of argumentation theory and practice. Philosophy statements have been examined through: (1) self-report instruments completed by debate critics; (2) content analysis of judge philosophy statements; and (3) examination of CEDA and NDT debate critics' ballots. A fourth, "integrated," approach combines two or more sources of data and/or methods of data analysis. A study using content analysis in comparing NDT judge philosophy statements with ballots found high consistency between the two. Lower levels of consistency were found in four studies which compared the debate critics' professed preferences with their expressed ballot behavior and used survey instruments in combination with content analysis to evaluate debate critic behavior. Further research should examine the suggestion that judge philosophy statements have substantially higher predictive power than do survey questionnaires. The willingness of critics to employ paradigms other than their expressed preferences also bears study. It is also necessary to determine whether researchers' measurement instruments are reliable. (One figure is included; 21 references are attached.) (SG)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A