Tagged fall 2017

[Article] Exploring Cultural Competence in the WSDC Community

By Cindi Timmons – United States of America Abstract When the World Schools Debating Championships (WSDC) began in Australia in 1988, six nations participated: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. Over the years, the event has expanded, culminating in 2016 with fifty-six nations represented at the WSDC in Stuttgart. While debating teams from six continents have been represented, the increasing variety of participants from non-Western nations and the growing diversity of the debaters themselves in terms of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, etc., means that it is time for the global debating…

[Article] Transitioning from 3-on-3 formats to British Parliamentary: A Guide for Asian Adjudicators

By Lucas Li – Singapore I am deeply grateful to Mr. Adil Hakeem, Ms. Ameera Natasha Moore, Mr. Chua Jun Yan, Mrs. Geetha Creffield, Ms. Paulina Robles, Mr. Shih Yi-An, Mr. Siron Pereira and more who have requested not to be named. They helped review this work before submission, and their perspectives were invaluable in shaping and nuancing the final output. Abstract Figuring out how to win against three other teams – including one on your own bench – rather than one opponent is already hard enough for speakers. What more adjudicators who now have to evaluate a high degree…

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Editors’ Foreword

  At the start of 2017, it was the pleasure of the Editors to send out the call for papers for what we think is a valuable new platform to talk about all things to do with debates, and about debaters. The call for papers stated:  ‘International Debate is a new practitioner’s journal for members…