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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Observations of an insider strategies for initiating and sustaining Kansas City's Urban Debate League/

Reiss, Holly Giselle, Neer, Michael R. January 2006 (has links)
Thesis (M.A.)--Dept. of Communication Studies. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2006. / "A thesis in communication studies." Typescript. Advisor: Michael Neer. Vita. Title from "catalog record" of the print edition Description based on contents viewed Dec. 18, 2007. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 117-122). Online version of the print edition.

A descriptive study of coaching attitudes toward debate techniques and practices

Carter, Douglas, 1944- January 1969 (has links)
No description available.

Collegiate cross-examination debating: development, trends, and potential

Zimmerman, Gordon I. January 1966 (has links)
No description available.

A defense of switch side debate

Harrigan, Casey, January 2008 (has links)
Thesis (M.A.)--Wake Forest University. Dept. of Communication, 2008. / Vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 75-80)

A study of the effect of non-ability variables on the outcome of intercollegiate debates

Hill, Sidney R. January 1973 (has links)
Thesis--University of Florida. / Description based on print version record. Typescript. Vita. Bibliography: leaves 84-88.

The effectiveness of high school debate in providing information and influencing attitudes

Capel, Robert Bennett. January 1941 (has links)
Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1940. / Typescript. Includes abstract and vita. eContent provider-neutral record in process. Description based on print version record. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 85-87).

A survey of championship debate programs in American high schools

McPhee, Roderick F., January 1953 (has links)
Thesis (M.S.)--University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1953. / Typescript. eContent provider-neutral record in process. Description based on print version record. Includes bibliographical references (leaves [114]-116).

Factors of judgment in evaluation of high school debate

Webb, Sally Ann. January 1964 (has links)
Thesis (M.S.--Speech)--University of Wisconsin), 1964. / eContent provider-neutral record in process. Description based on print version record. Includes bibliographical references (leaves [58]-59).

A critical exploration of argumentation in the texts that third-year Development Studies students interpret and construct

Lamberti, Pia 09 December 2013 (has links)
Ph.D. ( Education) / The purpose of the educational linguistic research represented in this thesis is to explore the construction of written argumentation in Development Studies and to establish the implications of the findings for higher education teaching and learning that provides students with epistemological access to powerful discourse (Morrow 2007; 2009). The research is designed around analysis of the texts within the textual network that represents Development Studies in one case study: the final semester of a three-year undergraduate course in Development Studies. The textual network consists of texts from the fields of knowledge production, recontextualisation and reproduction (Bernstein 2000). Critical discourse analysis (Fairclough 2001; 2010) is used to explore how disciplinary and educational texts position students in ways that are enabling or constraining of the construction of argument. The perspective on written academic argument is informed by discourse theory, specifically, systemic functional linguistics (Halliday 1978); discourse semantics (Martin 1992), genre theory, and different approaches to the study of textual interaction (White 2003; Hyland 2005; 2008; Martin and White 2005). The thesis identifies and extends an emerging dialogical perspective on argumentation that draws on Bakhtinian theory (1981; 1986) and rhetoric-based strands of argumentation theory from North America, Britain and continental Europe. A framework was developed and implemented for the analysis of argument in knowledge-focused texts as ‘positioning’ in three ‘levels’ of discourse. In the research site, it was found that legitimate argumentation requires the production of a finely-balanced disciplinary discourse. This discourse involves negotiation of conflicting positionings of the writer in relation to the reader, and textual interaction with authoritative disciplinary voices and with competing discourses of inquiry and persuasion. Analysis of student texts in the dominant genre used for assessment, the multiple-source discussion essay, showed that few texts exhibit strong disciplinary argumentation. Argumentation in the majority of texts was cause for concern. Common problems that undermined students’ argumentation were: misunderstanding the prescribed texts, overreliance on sources, the use of inappropriate source texts and discourses, and underdeveloped discursive resources for the construction of argument. It is concluded that weak argumentation is partly attributable to the following factors: the heterogeneity of discourses and genres in the texts that instantiate the knowledge domain, inadequate theorization of argument as a dimension of disciplinary discourse, limited educational knowledge about written argumentation, conflicting discourses of argumentation and knowledge-making in the production and recontextualising fields, and confusion about the position students can take up in pedagogical discourse.


SMITH-DONALDSON, JACQUELINE JILL. January 1983 (has links)
The purpose of this study was to identify variables which discriminate between winning and losing a debate as measured by judges' responses on semantic differential scales. The dependent variable was membership in either the group "wins" or "losses." The independent variables were measured by semantic differential scales related to Delivery, Argument, and Evidence. The analytical procedure used was discriminant function analysis. Such an analysis discriminates maximally between the win and loss groups. Four scale items emerged as discriminating for wins and losses in a debate. The most discriminating variable came from the Argument dimension, specifically the scale item Convincing-Unconvincing. The second most discriminating variable was from the Evidence dimension, that is Strong-Weak. The third discriminating variable was from the Delivery dimension, namely Pleasant-Unpleasant. The last significant variable was also from the Evidence dimension, specifically Valuable-Worthless. The final Lambda of .5314 and the canonical correlation of .6845 indicate that the discriminant function produced a fairly high degree of separation between the win and loss groups.

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