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ERIC Number: ED361755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Four Steps To Revitalizating NDT Participation.
Ludlum, M. P.
In 1992, a nationwide poll of active forensics programs concluded with an open ended question of how to increase participation in NDT (National Debate Tournament) debate that yielded four goals. The first goal, re-emphasizing communication skills, arose because NDT has emphasized rapid delivery above all else. NDT needs to be more entertaining to the listener, and this can only be accomplished by decreasing the emphasis on extensive research and increasing the emphasis on basic communication skills. Critic intervention and ballot alteration are two methods to re-align speaking rates in NDT debate. The second goal, encouraging new participants, can be achieved by: having a novice division at all tournaments; creating a small squad division; and ending judge disqualifications. The third goal is to integrate NDT debate by urging NDT schools to offer more forensics activities and allowing students to compete in both individual and debate events. The fourth goal, de-emphasizing research, can be met by: releasing the topic in the fall, stopping reliance on backfiles, and having two topics each year. For even a remote chance of survival, changes in NDT debate must be dramatic and immediate. (Contains 44 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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