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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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Garret L. Castleberry (Ph.D., University of Oklahoma) serves as Associate Professor and Program Director of Communication, Media, and Ethics for the College of Adult and Graduate Studies at Mid-America Christian University. Garret’s scholarly training intersects areas of media studies, visual rhetoric, and semiotics. Garret’s ongoing research investigates polyvalent critical/cultural themes and mythic narratives embedded within contemporary transmedia texts and popular culture. Emphasizing a critical television studies model, Garret previously published in special issues of Cultural Studies⇔Critical Methodologies and the International Journal of Qualitative Research as well as the edited volumes Television, Social Media, and Fan Culture (Lexington Books, 2015), The ESPN Effect (Peter Lang, 2015) and Communication Theory and Millennial Popular Culture (Peter Lang, 2016). Recent publications combine genre studies, autoethnography, and ideological criticism to explore the rhetorical work performed by televisual artifacts. Garret also contributes to online journals, media forums, and digital journalism outlets, including Flow, In Media Res, the Professional Wrestling Studies Association, and PopMatters. ← 265 | 266 →

Kristopher Copeland (Ph.D., University of Arkansas) is the Executive Dean of Liberal Arts at North Lake College. He served as a Director of Forensics for 12 years. He recently served as President of the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Forensics Association. Kristopher’s ongoing research investigates self-disclosure in a variety of contexts, including disability communication and forensics. His research has been published in Speaker & Gavel, Communication Studies, Oklahoma Politics, and Intercultural Communication Studies.

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