Category: STUDIES AND ACADEMIC PAPERS

PUBLIC FORUM DOES NEED TO CHANGE: A RESEARCH-BASED EVALUATION BY RICH KAWOLICS

Public Forum Does Need to Change: A Research-Based Evaluation An Open Letter to the Leadership and Membership of the National Speech and Debate Association We were intrigued to open our November / December issue of The Rostrum and find an article titled Public Forum After 15 Years: An Evaluation. The notion of a published evaluation…

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THE RISK OF GENDER-BIASED DECISIONS: WEIGHING THE COSTS AND BENEFITS OF PARENT JUDGES IN PUBLIC FORUM DEBATES BY OLIVIA MCCAULEY

We, girls, do not succeed in debate at the same rate as their male counterparts. In Public Forum, female entries constitute roughly 42% of participants (Rostrum, 32). Given near-equal participation, female debaters should be represented at similar rates on the mainstage and in elimination-rounds, across time. But this is empirically disproven. At local tournaments featuring…

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