Argumentation and Debate: Critical Thinking for Reasoned by Austin J. Freeley

By Austin J. Freeley

This complete creation to the rules and perform of argumentation and debate makes use of a transparent, concise, and fascinating presentation that makes even advanced fabric effortless to appreciate. ARGUMENTATION AND DEBATE gains thoughts, argumentation versions, useful publications, and real-life situations that you just use to augment your abilities in educational debates. With an emphasis on severe pondering, reasoned selection making, and advocacy abilities, this article empowers you to take part actively as electorate in a democratic society.

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2. Debate Offers Preparation for Leadership. The ultimate position of leadership is the presidency of the United States. Historian Arthur M. , cites two indispensable requirements that an effective president must meet. The first is “to point the republic in one or another direction. The second is to explain to the electorate why the direction the president proposes is right for the nation. Ronald Reagan understood, as Jimmy Carter never did, that politics is ultimately an educational process. Where Carter gave the impression of regarding presidential speeches as disagreeable duties, to be rushed through as perfunctorily as possible, Reagan knew that the speech is a vital tool of presidential leadership.

Debate Encourages Mature Judgment. Scholars tell us that many problems in human affairs result from a tendency to see complex issues in blackand-white terms. Educational debate gives students a chance to consider significant problems from many points of view. As debaters analyze the potential affirmative and negative cases, they begin to realize the complexity of most contemporary problems and to appreciate the worth of a multivalued orientation. As they debate both sides of a proposition, they learn not only that most contemporary problems have more than one side but also that even one side of a proposition embodies a considerable range of values.

As an educational method debate provides excellent motivation for learning, because students have both the short-term goal of winning a decision or an award in a tournament and the long-term goal of increasing their knowledge and improving their ability. This combination of short-term and long-term motivations provides for an optimum learning situation. The constant monitoring of student achievement with immediate feedback and evaluations by debate judges gives frequent opportunities to encourage growth and progress and to detect and remedy misunderstandings.

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