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The Question is the Question: Analyzing the Value of Requiring Research Questions in Competitive Forensics

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It has become common practice for forensics competitors, during the introductory sections of their speeches, to pose a research question which functions in many ways like a thesis for the speech and purports to provide a direction for the analysis and conclusions which follow. But are these research questions meaningful, or are they simply a convention which misrepresents the actual nature of the competitive speech? This paper will examine this question by considering such issues as: (1) the history of using research questions in competitive communication analysis, (2) a comparison and contrast of the nature and roles of research questions in competitive vs. other scholarly writing, (3) the degree to which research questions clarify vs. distort the analytical flow of speeches, (4) the impact of rhetorical questions on the other elements of competitive speeches (choice of methodology, application of method, drawing of conclusions), (5) the tendency of research questions to enhance vs. damage the quality of analysis conducted by forensics competitors, and (6) an assessment of the impact/significance of this issue on students preparing for advanced study in the communication discipline.
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Name: NCA 94th Annual Convention
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Paine, Richard. "The Question is the Question: Analyzing the Value of Requiring Research Questions in Competitive Forensics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 94th Annual Convention, TBA, San Diego, CA, <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p255145_index.html>

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Paine, R. E. "The Question is the Question: Analyzing the Value of Requiring Research Questions in Competitive Forensics" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 94th Annual Convention, TBA, San Diego, CA <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p255145_index.html

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Abstract: It has become common practice for forensics competitors, during the introductory sections of their speeches, to pose a research question which functions in many ways like a thesis for the speech and purports to provide a direction for the analysis and conclusions which follow. But are these research questions meaningful, or are they simply a convention which misrepresents the actual nature of the competitive speech? This paper will examine this question by considering such issues as: (1) the history of using research questions in competitive communication analysis, (2) a comparison and contrast of the nature and roles of research questions in competitive vs. other scholarly writing, (3) the degree to which research questions clarify vs. distort the analytical flow of speeches, (4) the impact of rhetorical questions on the other elements of competitive speeches (choice of methodology, application of method, drawing of conclusions), (5) the tendency of research questions to enhance vs. damage the quality of analysis conducted by forensics competitors, and (6) an assessment of the impact/significance of this issue on students preparing for advanced study in the communication discipline.


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