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Custom Burden of Proof: An Introduction to Argumentation and Guide to Parliamentary Debate 4th Edition

Mark Crossman

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Overview

Mark Crossman’s text introduces students to argumentation theories associated with testing arguments and reasoning, and encourages the use of these tests of arguments during debating. The text describes the theories and practices associated with NPDA style parliamentary debate, and provides an overview of the basics of “parli” debate. Burden of Proof includes chapters focusing on the following areas: the stock issues associated with arguing propositions of fact, value, and policy; refutation and the strategic considerations pertaining to the duties of the various speakers in a debate; and hints for overcoming anxiety to optimize effective delivery. The text also provides an overview of forensics (competitive speaking) and describes each of the major competitive events and tournament procedures. Written for students in Argumentation and Debate, Burden of Proof could also be used in any course featuring forensics.

Mark Crossman,

Mark Crossman earned a BA in Speech Communication from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he was named the Department¿s Outstanding Graduate. He earned a MA in Speech Communication from CSU-Northridge where he was awarded the Charles Mudd award as the Department¿s Outstanding Graduate. He earned the Ed.D. from Pepperdine University. He was a successful forensics competitor, earning numerous awards at the local, state, and national level in debate. He has coached forensics at El Camino College for fifteen years. He has published and presented a number of articles on debate theory and the evolution of academic debate.
  • Section on Speech Anxiety: Speech anxiety is common to virtually all debaters. Students new to argumentation and debate may experience higher levels of anxiety than their advanced counterparts. Burden of Proof is one of the few argumentation texts that discuss speaker anxiety.
  • Chapter on Forensics: Argumentation instructors frequently send their students to observe or compete in forensics tournaments. Burden of Proof provides a chapter that can serve as an introduction for both the observer and first-time competitor.
  • Researching Parliamentary Debate: Chapter 5 of the second edition provides research strategies for in-class debates and tournament competitors.
  • InfoTrac: In order to assist students in researching their cases, Burden of Proof is accompanied by access to InfoTrac. This database provides access to numerous full text periodicals and allows the student to conduct research at home.
  • Introduction to fallacies, the Toulmin model, and the basic vocabulary of argumentation: It is important that debaters have a strong background in reasoning. Burden of Proof emphasizes the importance of using test of arguments and analysis of fallacies to attack the opponent’s arguments.
  • Solid introduction to parliamentary debate: Despite the popularity of parliamentary debate, very few texts address it and provide instruction for it. Burden of Proof provides a solid foundation for the novice, while offering enough depth to interest advanced debaters.