Use of Workshops for Training Judges
Forensics is an educational function set in an educational environment While the obligations and concomitant responsibilities are many, forensics personnel preeminently are serving a teaching function ... (McBath, 1975, p. 47)
Most would agree with the assumption that forensics serves primarily a pedagogical function. Consequently, forensics personnel often utilize opportunities for professional growth by actively participating in professional associations and contributing to research in the field. The unique concerns and opportunities in forensics, however, present a need for a more direct and interactive forum, such as workshops for forensics personnel.
A search of the literature has revealed very little emphasis concerning the use of workshops for coaches (Ross, 1984) Additionally, workshops for college individual events coaches are limited in number and scope. Despite this apparent dearth of workshops and discussion concerning them, the fact remains that workshops can provide an effective pedagogical and experiential laboratory for the exchange of theories, ideas, and practices regarding issues in forensics.
This paper will present a rationale for the use of coaches' workshops, and offer several proposals for the implementation of these workshops. It should be noted, however, that the intent of the authors is to be descriptive, rather than prescriptive in this discussion.
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Swarts, Valerie and Wilson, Elighie
"Workshops: A Direct and Interactive Forum for Forensics Coaches/Judges,"
Proceedings of the National Developmental Conference on Individual Events: Vol. 1:
1, Article 12.
Available at: https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ndcieproceedings/vol1/iss1/12