Paulo Freire (1973) articulated the notion of conscientization in his groundbreaking book Pedagogy of the Oppressed as the faculty of observing contradicting messages communicated by overarching power within societal, political, and economic structures and second, actively opposing oppression in those structures. Intercollegiate forensic competition is often the place where students are provided an outlet to achieve conscientization. The profound process or speaking problems into existence not only develops the competitor but provides a unique opportunity to spark further critical discussion. However, the conversations often remained trapped in the speech world. Therefore, it is important to expand the scope of our teachings beyond tournaments and the team room.
Reid, A. (2016). Traversing the Terrain: Paths and Roadblocks to Conscientization in Forensic Competition. National Forensic Journal, 34(1). https://doi.org/10.56816/0749-1042.1039