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ERIC Number: ED360663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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A Novice and Novel Approach to Encouraging Participation in Debate, the Novice Debate Association.
Bauer, Mike
The Novice Debate Association (NDA) is an organization that is building unity, respecting diversity, and giving students and institutions alike a chance to participate in debate activity. The NDA began in 1987 as a strictly novice tournament. By 1993, the association had enlarged to 24 colleges and universities. The format of the NDA is designed to stimulate debate participation especially for those students and programs that might not have an equal opportunity to participate on the "debate circuit." There are three tournaments per year, and the topic for debate is the corresponding CEDA (Cross Examination Debate Association) topic for the semester. The shared understanding of the organization's purpose is an overriding unification of the group's members. The NDA existence revolves around the idea that speakers should use communication skills that would also be appropriate in a public forum. The premise that NDA is "breaking new ground" in debate serves as a unification device to its members. Diversity in the NDA comes in many forms. Many of the participants in NDA tournaments come directly from classrooms, and they are afforded an experience that many students interested in the activity do not get. If the field of competitive debate is to expand, especially in CEDA, more work in the creation of unity and diversity is necessary. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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