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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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Chapter 5: Comprehensive Forensic Programs: A Holistic Approach (Amorette Hinderaker)


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Comprehensive Forensic Programs: A Holistic Approach



I am a Gen Xer, born in the heart of the angst generation. I came of age, became a consumer of news, and learned to be in and of the world in the listless national calm between the Vietnam war my Boomer father fought, and the uncertainty of the post-911 era. Generation X was a generation caught between—between wars, between glam rock and hip-hop, between the typewriter and the internet. The gravelly disquiet of Cobain and Vedder were the soundtrack of my competitive forensic years, which also lived in a space between. I engaged in Lincoln Douglas debate, public address, and extemporaneous with a modicum of success; inflicted prose upon unsuspecting judges. My coach, Joel Hefling, and the men and women who penned those tactful prose ballots (Grace Walsh, Bob Derryberry, Larry Schnoor), I now look to as legends in this activity. In 1993, my forensic experience was typical. All over the nation, students pulled interp script books from debate files and flipped the mental switch from debating immigration to poetry on the walk to the next round.

I entered the collegiate forensic world in the early 1990s, just a couple years after Derryberry observed that under tightening budgetary constraints, many forensic programs had narrowed their competitive focus to particular sets of events, and in doing so, were losing the multi-faceted holistic competitive training that...

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