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Competition, Community, and Educational Growth

Contemporary Perspectives on Competitive Speech and Debate

Edited By Kristopher Copeland and Garret L. Castleberry

Competition, Community, and Educational Growth: Contemporary Perspectives on Competitive Speech and Debate is an up-to-date text providing informed academic thought concerning the impact of forensics. Its primary focus is to demonstrate how the forensic activity allows students to actively engage and learn outside the classroom. Specifically, Competition, Community, and Educational Growth focuses on how students educationally grow through the activity. The book frames methods and pedagogy as best practices to provide educational growth for students and explicitly connect learning outcomes for students. Coming from the perspective of higher educational instructors, the book provides insight beyond the high school experience. Competition, Community, and Educational Growth examines contemporary perspectives on competitive speech and debate theory, experience, and methods of instruction.

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About the Contributors



Sean Allen attended Wiley College, where he competed four years on the speech and debate team on a full scholarship. Upon graduation in 2013–2014 he served as a forensic specialist and the teams Individual Event coach. He earned his M.A. from Hofstra University. Sean currently serves as Director of Forensics at Tennessee State University.

Ameena Amdahl-Mason is a mathematics teacher and a speech and debate coach in the North Clackamas School District. She earned a B.A. in history at Bryn Mawr College, an M.S. in curriculum and instruction and an M.S. in communication from Portland State University. She has been coaching at the high school level since 2001. In addition to coaching, she has served on the Oregon Speech State Championships Committee and the North Oregon National Speech and Debate Association District Committee.

Luis M. Andrade is Assistant Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Santa Monica College. His research centers on argumentation, educational equity, Latina/o student education, intercultural communication, rhetorical criticism, and queer of color criticism.

Ruth J. Beerman (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) is Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and Coach of the Franklin Debating Society at Randolph-Macon College. Her experiences as a debater grew ← 267 | 268 → into a passion for life-long learning and coaching. Specializing in rhetoric, her research interests include visual rhetorics, body rhetorics, gender, argumentation, and controversy. Her work has been published in Disturbing Argument and Reasoned Argument and Social Change (edited collections on argumentation)...

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