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Stephen Llano <[log in to unmask]>
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USA Debating in the WUDC Format <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 1 Oct 2012 22:05:45 -0400
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Hey Marcus,

Hope all is well.

You should look at the research from the 1960s and search for "shift of
opinion" ballots. There was a time then when some debate folks wanted to
move away from the idea of winners and losers in debates, and advocated for
no-decision debating for a while. Shift of opinion ballots give the
audience a spectrum to mark before and after the debate, or just after.
This can be used to sort of say the debate had a measurable effect on
audience attitude toward a topic.

Would give you cites, but I'm transitioning from Refworks to Zotero, and my
bibs are a mess.  But I think it will be worth it in the end.

Hope to see you soon.

Your friend,

On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 1:22 PM, Paroske, Marcus <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>  Hello friends.****
> ** **
> I know many of you have robust public and/or intramural debate programs on
> your campus.****
> ** **
> I was hoping some of you could point me too examples of how you assess
> those activities beyond things like number of people who participate or
> attend?  I am more interested in qualitative measures of the success of the
> events, in the diversity of ways you might define that. ****
> ** **
> If you have some insight, back channel me if you please at
> [log in to unmask] .  Although, there are no doubt others on the list
> than can benefit from your experience if you wish to share publically.****
> ** **
> Thanks in advance.****
> ** **
> Marcus****

Stephen Llano, Ph.D.
Director of Debate and Assistant Professor, Department of Rhetoric,
Communication & Theater
St. Johnís University
Queens, NY
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