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Pedagogical Possibilities for Argumentative Agency in Academic Debate

Mitchell, GR (1998) Pedagogical Possibilities for Argumentative Agency in Academic Debate. Argumentation and Advocacy, 35 (2). 41 - 60. ISSN 1051-1431

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Argumentation skills are often touted as archetypal tools of democratic empowerment, yet theorization of ways to use such tools in activist projects outside of tournament contest rounds is rare. As a result, the emancipatory telos anchoring academic policy debate tends to gallop ahead of practical efforts to build empowerment through the debate medium. This essay explores the promises and pitfalls of primary research, public debate, debate outreach, and public advocacy as specific modes of debate activism designed to cultivate argumentative agency and bring argumentation skills to bear in wider spheres of public deliberation beyond the academy.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Mitchell, GRgordonm@pitt.eduGORDONM
Centers: University Centers > University Center for International Studies (UCIS)
Date: 1 January 1998
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Argumentation and Advocacy
Volume: 35
Number: 2
Page Range: 41 - 60
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/00028533.1998.11951620
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Communication: Rhetoric and Communication
School of Medicine > Clinical and Translational Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1051-1431
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2012 20:40
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2021 01:55


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