Unresolved: Public Speaking Instruction Beyond Persuasion

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Jonathan Edwards


This essay advocates the use of “unresolved” speech assignments in introductory public speaking instruction. Unresolved speeches work to decenter persuasion in the speech class by asking students to critically explore the landscape of arguments surrounding controversial topics and issue questions without making the turn to opinion giving and persuasion.


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Edwards, J. (2021). Unresolved: Public Speaking Instruction Beyond Persuasion. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 21(4). https://doi.org/10.14434/josotl.v21i4.33011
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