ERIC Number: ED361756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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Holistic Speaker Evaluation--A Review and Discussion.
Shelton, Karen; Shelton, Michael W.
The question of what variables affect success in debate has long been an area of interest and concern in the forensic community. For many years, it was thought that traditional performance variables--delivery, reasoning, organization, analysis, refutation and use of evidence--were the key factors influencing evaluations of debaters. Some authorities have suggested that broader, more general standards dictate evaluation. These factors include geographical variables and gender. Some authorities have abandoned attempts to determine the weight of specific variables and embraced a holistic approach to debate speaker evaluation. Although the trend is toward holistic evaluation, additional research is warranted; such a movement may not be justified. It might be an interesting personal experiment for judges confronted with a ballot that offers "boxes" to attempt to mark them and to see if that evaluation is consistent with their holistic evaluation. (Seventy notes are included.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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