ERIC Number: ED353609
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
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Justifying Forensic Programs to Administrators: An Experiential Education Opportunity.
Sellnow, Deanna D.; Seekins, Lisa L.
Experiential education provides an excellent justificatory framework for the forensics program as an educational opportunity. The three major tenets of experiential education are: (1) connecting theoretical knowledge to real life experiences; (2) valuing and fostering different "ways of knowing"; and (3) encouraging lifelong learning. Forensics programs offer students the opportunity to take many of the theories and skills learned in the college classroom into a real (or at least quasi-real) life setting. Forensics competition opportunities extend well beyond the few perspectives students may receive in a formal classroom. Together, the competitor, the literature, and the multiple audiences foster new and emergent ways of knowing throughout the forensic season. Forensics students develop active and critical listening skills which they will take with them in their careers and apply throughout their lives. By linking forensics education with major tenets of experiential education, perhaps some administrators who have not previously appreciated forensics education but do support experiential learning will begin to realize the inherent value of forensics education. (Twenty-two references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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