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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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Kristopher Copeland. This book started as a discussion panel at the Central States Communication Association’s annual conference in 2016. My colleague, Sydney Yueh, sat in the audience and encouraged the panel to expand our discussion into a scholarly book related to multiple perspectives of forensics. I am forever grateful for opportunities to join scholars and discuss topics for future publications. I wish to thank my colleagues at Northeastern State University for the time to work on this project along with many supportive suggestions. Many thanks to Dana Eversole and Sydney Yueh for your support.

I was also blessed to find a partner in Garret Castleberry in the early phases of the project. Without Garret’s help, this book would have a very different outcome. Many thanks for his patience and willingness to gently guide the process to elicit a strong scholarly output. I look forward to many more partnerships in the future.

Finally, the book would not be possible without the love and support of my family. Many thanks to my wife, Ranee, who supported me through the project by allowing me the opportunity to carve out weekly time to put into the project. For that, I am extremely grateful.

Garret Castleberry. Thank you to Kristopher Copeland for bringing me on board early in this book process. We have developed a healthy collaborative partnership that accentuates each other’s strengths while (mostly) covering up each other’s weaknesses. Your organizational acumen holds no...

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