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ERIC Number: ED288223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Nov-8
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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Political Debates and Their Application to the Teaching of Lincoln-Douglas Debate.
Prentice, Diana B.
Designed for teachers of the Lincoln-Douglas style debate, this curriculum guide outlines an approach to teaching analysis in debate, and suggests practical activities employing contemporary political debates as an instructional device. The guide first presents a framework for values analysis, including such aspects as (1) identifying the nature and hierarchies of values; (2) the effect of values on decision making; (3) the values inherent within a given topic; (4) the conflict between opposing values in a debate; and (5) the relationship of values to policies and facts. The guide then discusses contemporary debates between presidential candidates as values debates, noting the similarity between the values based Lincoln-Douglas debates and the values arguments of the Reagan-Mondale debates. The last section of the guide describes activities for studying political debates using transcripts of presidential and vice-presidential debates from "The New York Times," the television talk show "Firing Line," and other sources. This section divides the activities according to the teaching of value analysis, topic analysis, and argument analysis. Included is a bibliography of 13 sources for information on Lincoln-Douglas and other political debates. (JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A