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Competitive Debate: The Official Guide
     

Competitive Debate: The Official Guide

by Richard Edwards
 

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The bible for debaters and their coaches.

Nearly every high school and college in America has a debate club and/or a debate team. There are hundreds of competitions at the county and state level, culminating in heated national competitions. Yet, at many high schools and colleges, coaches are drawn from the history or English departments with little or no

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The bible for debaters and their coaches.

Nearly every high school and college in America has a debate club and/or a debate team. There are hundreds of competitions at the county and state level, culminating in heated national competitions. Yet, at many high schools and colleges, coaches are drawn from the history or English departments with little or no experience in the highly structured procedures of this popular discipline. And while competitive debate has been growing each year as a prime academic activity, there have been no popular handbooks to help students and coaches prepare for contests effectively and efficiently. Practical and authoritative, this guide includes not only tips and guidelines for effective preparation and delivery, but full-length, actual transcripts of successful competitions in each format. Endorsed by the two national governing bodies for competitive debate—the National Federation of State High School Associations and the National Forensic League—and priced for the budget-conscious student and high school teacher alike, Competitive Debate: The Official Guide is set to become the instructional “bible” for tens of thousands of present and future debaters and their coaches. Inside, Dr. Richard Edwards—award winning debate coach, professor, former competitive debate judge, and author—leads readers through the three popular formats of competitive debate:

• Policy Debate
• Lincoln-Douglas Debate
• Public Forum Debate

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592576937
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
06/03/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
707,121
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Richard Edwards, Ph.D., is a professor of communications at Baylor University and a seasoned college and high school debate coach. A regular judge at national debate competitions around the country, he's held executive positions in both the National Debate Tournament and the American Debate Association. In addition to hundreds of scholarly articles on debate, he has written instruction audio tapes on debate for educational associations, research software, and several industry publications.

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