Communication Faculty Publications

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2019

Journal Title

Speaker & Gavel

ISSN

2572-4460

Volume

56

Issue

1

First Page

2

Last Page

22

Article Number

5

Abstract

Forensics is one of the most valuable activities in which college students can be involved. However, the strict adherence to formula and unspoken rules diminishes the educational benefits. This article explores an extensive body of literature highlighting the concerns of formulaic practices in collegiate forensics. The author asserts that authenticity, genuine learning, transferability of skills, innovation, and high quality speaking are the biggest victims of stringent adherence to the forensic formula. Specific recommendations for competitors, judges, coaches, and organizing bodies are given, suggesting that there are alternatives which can mitigate growing concerns.

Keywords

Forensics, formula, pedagogy, rules, norms

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