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ERIC Number: ED427375
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 14
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It Ain't All That Bad: The Parliamentary Format as a Viable Debate Alternative for Forensic Laboratories.
Jensen, Scott
This paper argues that parliamentary debate provides a meaningful alternative for programs looking to offer debate components in their mission. The most important assumption in the paper is that comprehensive programs are valuable educational laboratories and require debate activities as part of their comprehensiveness; in fact, the comprehensive approach to forensics seems to be the best fit within the laboratory approach to forensics, given that students from such programs are able to develop a greater variety of skills than students participating within specialized programs. The paper asserts that the major strengths of parliamentary debate within a comprehensive forensics program are: (1) parliamentary debate affords a dialectical activity for individual events students; (2) parliamentary debate allows for development of analytical refutation skills in policy debaters; (3) parliamentary debate affords comprehensive forensics opportunities on a limited budget; (4) tournaments allow parliamentary debaters to participate in individual events; and (5) parliamentary debate allows students to experience growth in their advocacy skills. (Contains 10 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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