Fostering student learning through the use of debates




Trujillo-Jenks, Laura
Rosen, Lisa

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Magna Publications


There are many ways to get students engaged in a classroom, but when topics are controversial or taboo, students may shy away from sharing their thoughts on the subject. In contrast, some may be so overly passionate about a topic that they proselytize their point. One tactic that helps students feel comfortable enough to speak about controversial topics is through debates that are structured and promote students’ preparedness in defending or opposing a particular stance on a topic.


Article originally published in Faculty Focus. English. Published Online 2015.
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Classroom engagement, Controversial topics, Critical thinking


This is the published version of an article that is available at Recommended citation: Trujillo-Jenks, L., & Rosen, L. (2015, May). Fostering student learning through the use of debates. Faculty Focus. This item has been deposited in with the author’s permission and in the absence of publisher policies.