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ERIC Number: ED421730
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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Point of Information: Practical and Theoretical Concerns in Parliamentary Debate.
Jensen, Scott
Parliamentary debate, while not a new format, has proliferated to all regions of the country. New and growing debate formats, while valuable for students and programs, must maintain sound pedagogical foundations if they are to be considered viable forensic alternatives. A reading of the National Parliamentary Debate Association (NPDA) rules as well as dialogues with many parliamentary debate educators indicates that parliamentary debate is designed as a viable form of educational debate, even though adjudicator and debater behaviors sometimes tell a different story. Although NPDA has never endorsed a set of rules for parliamentary debate, the majority of parliamentary "rules" are not only reasonable but facilitate sound argumentative practices. Most tournament administrators take an extremely conscientious approach to administering parliamentary divisions, but it seems the less experience a debate judge has, the more likely that judge is assigned to parliamentary debate. A second problem with parliamentary debate and tournament administration lies in the awarding of sweepstakes points for parliamentary debate. Topic writing is the final tournament administration concern that deals with parliamentary debate. Suggestions for improving parliamentary debate as a viable exercise in educational debate are: formalize topic writing, allow research in debate rounds, promote scholarship about parliamentary debate, evaluate criteria that emphasizes substance over style, ban time/space cases, conduct judging workshops and provide judging guidelines, define the mission of parliamentary debate, and add cross examination. (Contains nine references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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