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ERIC Number: ED361795
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-16
Pages: 20
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Forensics in the Year 2000: Competition versus Educational Values.
Hamm, Durell D.
There is a growing dichotomy between the educational value of forensics versus the competitive aspects of individual events for both coaches and students. Competitive behavior has both an instinctual and a cognitive source. The instinctual source can be traced to evolution in a fiercely competitive world. Psychoanalytic theory suggests that the root of competitive behavior is in a diffuse and pervasive aggressive instinct. M. May and L. Doob's cognitive theory of competition heavily emphasizes the concept of the level of aspiration. L. Festinger's social comparison process theory posits a universal drive toward self-evaluation of opinions and abilities. The compromise between the need for personal gratification and the need for social acceptance that is appropriate to most life situations is inappropriate to competitive forensics. Forensics teams, coaches, and competitors of the future are going to continue to overshadow the educational goals that were originally set forth by the forefathers of speech and debate competition. The stakes for competing have risen dramatically and the educational aspects of the activity have fallen away and been replaced by a dedication to victory at all costs. Forensics is a safe and organized outlet for the unleashing of aggressive drives. Teachers and educators need to be teaching students that competition is always going to be pervasive and it is possible to have a good time without turning the playing field into a battlefield. (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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