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ERIC Number: ED421732
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Preserving the Pedagogy: The Director of Forensics as an At-Risk Professional.
Jensen, Scott
Today's collegiate forensic activities have changed in ways that pose profound challenges to directors of forensics. Six primary factors that contribute to the "at-riskness" of directors of forensics are: the changing face of today's forensic program forces difficult choices; the forensics community is seeing signs of a crisis in forensic education training; directors of forensics face unique challenges as professional educators; travel, time, and tournament logistics can diminish the enthusiasm and motivation of forensic educators; directors of forensics face profound challenges to their social lives and relationships; and institutional support contributes significantly to the satisfaction of forensic educators and stability of programs. Steps that can be taken at both individual and activity levels to curb the potential for burn-out and dissatisfaction among forensic educators are: forensic professionals must be adequately trained; institutions should maintain evaluation measures that acknowledge the unique responsibilities of the forensic educator; forensic programs should have sufficient staff and resources; standards and policies can provide structure and efficiency to forensic programs; a shorter forensics tournament season will curb potential burn-out factors; directors of forensics must work to ensure that their professional lives do not dominate their personal lives; and directors of forensics need to make wise choices and be cognizant of the implications of their choices. (Contains 32 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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