Research skill acquisition is an invaluable but under explored benefit of forensics participation. Although coaches, students, and administrators acknowledge that participants gain research skills via forensics, little is known about what these skills are and how they specifically benefit students. This paper isolates three specific research dimensions students learn while participating in competitive speech and debate: locating, examining, and applying source mate-rial. Connections are then drawn between these dimensions and the attainment of high level learning resulting in the creation of educational outcomes related to research skill acquisition via forensics. Understanding the process and importance of research skill acquisition is critical to address the need for forensics educators to articulate ways in which forensics pedagogy and larger educational goals are connected.
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Furgerson, Jessica L.
"I Need Help Finding it: Understanding the Benefits of Research Skill Acquisition in Competitive Forensics,"
Speaker & Gavel: Vol. 49
, Article 5.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/speaker-gavel/vol49/iss2/5