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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 23: Telling the Story of Team: Forensic Program Management That Builds Enduring Identity and Community (Scott Jensen / Gina Jensen)

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CHAPTER   TWENTY - THREE

Telling the Story of Team: Forensic Program Management That Builds Enduring Identity and Community

SCOTT JENSEN AND GINA JENSEN

 

To suggest that no two forensic programs are the same is an understatement of the greatest magnitude. While forensic program directors must make critical choices in determining the face and direction of their programs, the dynamic nature of our activity affords them myriad options, each with the potential to profoundly impact facets of their program. Among the many implications of choices, program directors should consider three critical areas in which their management impacts themselves and their students: activity and community, program culture, and program legacy. In each of these areas directors should consider the long-term implications of their choices on the face of forensics at their institution, and on the narrative that defines the nature of the program for those who experience it and are recruited to it.

ACTIVITY AND COMMUNITY

On any given weekend between the middle of September and the beginning of April, countless tournaments are hosted throughout the country, each with a number of events available to competitors. Beyond tournaments, forensic programs are engaged in other non-competitive activities that help showcase student talents and/or serve their communities. Directors must assess a number of considerations as they make choices about the activities for their programs, including but not ← 253 | 254 → limited to financial resources, the nature of their community...

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