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ERIC Number: EJ1085502
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1740-4622
Teaching Persuasion through Personal Advocacy
Hahn, Allison Hailey
Communication Teacher, v30 n1 p33-38 2016
Many instructors and textbooks encourage the use of debate and critical thinking in the classroom by creating artificial public space in which students then act out engagements. The tools gained from such activities do encourage better thinking and speaking, but they do not adequately prepare students for "real" situations when they must present a proposal and advocate it against competing proposals (Bruschke, 2012; Johnson, 2000). The objective of this activity is to prepare students for real-world competitive speech making that occurs when explaining a decision between two competing proposals. This activity has been designed to address student timidity when promoting a competitive proposal, while also developing confidence when deliberating about how money should be spent. The following activities are not designed to replace in-class debates. Rather, the activity fine-tunes rebuttal skills, comparative argumentation, and the development of personal ethos, while emphasizing student interests and activism as a way to include students who may not fully engage in classroom debates. The activity is described in five biweekly 90-minute sessions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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