Friday, October 29, 2010

Lecture - Power Pairing at WSDC - Alfred Snider - 3rd Better World Conference 2010

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Power pairing for Worlds Schools Debate Championship, Alfred C Snider, University of Vermont

The World Schools Debate Championship is the most important international tournament at the high school level. Forty or more countries each enter a team of students for the competition. It is also one of the very few major tournaments in the world that does not use power pairing as a scheduling and pairing technique. Power pairings is a technique whereby after the pre-set rounds teams meet other teams with similar records. Reasons will be given as to why this would be a good practice, suggested problems will be addressed, and then several different methods for implementing this procedure will be discussed. This paper will form the basis of a proposal that will be made to the tournament's governance.

3rd International Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment, October 2010, Maribor, Slovenia.

Further details can be found at the conference websites:
Basic information at​debateblog/​better/​Welcome.html
News blog at

The conference was organized by the Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Maribor in Slovenia , ZIP, Za in proti, zavod za kulturo dialoga/Pro et contra, institute for culture of dialogue , and the World Debate Institute of the University of Vermont​debateblog/​wdi/​Welcome.html .

The organizers are grateful for the support of our sponsor QatarDebate .

Thanks to organizers Boris Vezjak, Alfred Snider and Bojana Skrt. Special thanks to Peter Mesarec, Monica Sobocan and Aljoša Polšak. 
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