This qualitative case study provides an intensive and holistic description of the perceived educational benefits and skills developed by students who participate in forensics. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 19 students who were in the process of competing in speech and debate. Participants discussed multiple benefits of participating in forensics, such as improving skills in public speaking, listening, organization and structure, networking, time management, group work, and increasing knowledge and broadening worldview. Additionally, participants explained how the skills developed in forensics related to educational and professional experiences. The current study adds unique value by providing a comprehensive explanation of what students perceive they gain by forensic participation, which continues the discussion regarding the educational impact of forensics on students. As a result, the findings suggest forensics complements a student’s overall education and provides career preparation. Implications for forensic educators and students are discussed.
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Copeland, Kristopher and James, Kendrea
""My College Education has come from My Participation in the Forensics Team": An Examination of the Skills and Benefits of Collegiate Forensic Participation,"
Speaker & Gavel: Vol. 53
, Article 3.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/speaker-gavel/vol53/iss2/3