‘Impacting Argumentation Studies’
Annenberg Forum, Carswell Hall
Carol Winkler gave a presentation on the importance and potential impact of the field of humanities on the general education of middle school students and on society. Drawing from the results of an urban league debate program implemented in middle school, the presentation made the case for defending the relevance of humanistic education within a context that increasingly challenges it.
How do we present the value of our field to the outside world? A model may be offered by a program that has had quantifiable beneficial effects on school performance and attendance, has been acknowledged by local and national administrative actors and has managed to bring together two seemingly different areas of education (competitive debate and “drop-out students”).
Step 1: Address societal problems
- school drop out
- ability gap (e.g.reading)
Step 2: Identify key partners committed to addressing the problem
- CAD partners: universities, housing authority, urban debate league, public shcool system, community supporters, law enforcement
- students tell us what they want to learn instead of our instilling with them what we want to teach
Step 3: Identify and include partners’ values when constructing your research agencies
Step 4: Present research findings in ways readily accessible to the audience
Step 5: Have those impacted validates the results
- interviews from CAD participants and their parents
Step 6: Have partners testify about your effectiveness and the results of the program
Step 7: Present your research to decision-makers concerned about your identified problem