ERIC Number: ED447556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
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Evidence and Ethics in Individual Events: An Examination of an AFA-NIET Final Round.
Cronn-Mills, Daniel; Schnoor, Larry G.
A study investigated the use of source citations and evidence in the final round of Informative Speaking at the 1998 American Forensic Association-National Individual Events Tournament (AFA-NIET). The "AFA Code of Forensics Program and Forensics Tournament Standards for College and Universities" was the framework for the analysis. Videotapes of the six final-round contestants' speeches in the category of Informative Speaking were reviewed for their use of evidence. Numerous discrepancies were found between the sources/evidence stated in the speeches and the actual sources. The study organized the ethical concerns around the three primary evidence violations of the AFA: fabricated evidence, distorted evidence, and plagiarism. Results indicate that all six final-round speakers contained evidentiary problems within their presentations. The study highlights 18 instances of fabricated evidence, and 10 instances of distorted evidence, and examines multiple acts of plagiarism committed in one speech. All six speakers violated the AFA code in one manner or another. The study offers recommendations for students, coaches, and judges to avoid such results in the future. Contains 12 tables, 8 endnotes and 36 references. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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