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ERIC Number: ED354555
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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A Descriptive Analysis of Policy Issues in Non-Policy Debate.
Sheffield, William T.
A descriptive study analyzed the contention that an artificial dichotomy exists between policy and non-policy debate. A 20-item survey instrument was constructed to address several relevant issues: the role of solvency in CEDA (Cross Examination Debate Association) debate; the nature of CEDA resolutions; and judging in CEDA. A total of 93 surveys (for a response rate of 32%) were returned by forensics directors at member institutions. Results indicated that: (1) while solvency is not viewed as being a stock issue in CEDA debate, a majority of respondents perceived solvency as being an acceptable issue, with many factors dictating its emphasis and effect on the debate round in particular; (2) CEDA does not focus purely upon one specific proposition orientation; and (3) a majority of respondents applied basic debate and argumentation "textbook" principles to the debate rounds they judged. Findings suggest that it would be erroneous to label CEDA as "purely" value debate. (Four tables of data are included; 18 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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