ERIC Number: ED352684
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Present and Future of Forensics in the Research Based Communication Department.
Scott, Craig R.; Birkholt, Marty J.
The social scientific research focus of major United States universities places the forensics programs at these institutions in a unique position. Three areas of tension between forensics and research based communication departments are as follows: research quality/utility, applicability of forensic training, and resource conflicts. Solutions to each tension area include more regularity and rigor in journals and conference paper selection procedures; an adoption of B. J. Logue's criteria, particularly focusing on more sophisticated methods and increasing generalizability through an expanded notion of forensic research; greater linking between communication research and forensics (both debate and individual events), which is viewed as an initial step to making forensics even more applicable to outside settings; and a recognition of the resource problem as more of a misperception than a substantive tension. A forensics program provides benefits for the communication department: it is an excellent recruiting tool, it serves as an outlet for community service and visibility, and it helps fund graduate study. (Twenty-nine references are attached.) (Author/SR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (78th, Chicago, IL, October 29-November 1, 1992).