Senior Project Advisor
Academic debate, Debate, Communication
Academic debate offers many positive benefits to both the individual and society. By examining both the relevant literature and survey and personal interviews research a multi-perceptual vision of what academic dose for both the individual and society developed. The benefits of the activity are increased critical thinking skills, improved oral and written communication skills, research experience, information processing and exposure to many different fields of study. The primary research discussed here in supports these conclusions. These skills prepare individuals to deal with the issues facing society and make them better citizens of the nation. An examination of some of the problems with debate exposes areas to address to increase the benefit of the activity and making it accessible to more people.
McDonald, Ross Dudley, "The Great Debate, Debate: The educational and societal benefits of academic debate" (2000). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 235.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Debates and debating
student projects; term papers
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