Specifically, in this article I am concerned with our expectations regarding how students select and apply "methods" to their chosen topics. I argue that due to artificial expectations dictated by the unwritten rules of the event, students are not able to engage in accurate application of their selected scholarly articles. I will develop this argument by examining four communication analysis speeches presented in final rounds at the AFA-NIET to determine how accurately these students explain and represent their selected scholarship. I conclude the essay by offering suggestions for how we can encourage students to incorporate rhetorical theory into speeches in a more educationally sound way.
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"Distortion in the Description of Scholarly Research Methods in Competitive Forensics,"
Speaker & Gavel: Vol. 46
, Article 10.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/speaker-gavel/vol46/iss1/10