Classroom Debate as an Experiential Activity across the Curriculum.Report as inadecuate

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Educational practices often concentrate on rote knowledge of facts while neglecting problem solving skills. When students are encouraged to think critically, analyze, and question they are far better prepared to deal with the future. Classroom debate can be an effective method in all subject areas to achieve this end, helping the student to move from passive acceptance to critical thinking and defending a point of view. Examples describing ways to use debate as an experiential activity across the curriculum include public speaking, general semantics, intercultural communication, communication research, organizational communication, and argumentation and debate. The goal is not to "win" the debate, but to find several issues that relate to each individual class and to use debate as a tool by which the students apply critical thinking. (Contains 17 references.) (SR)

Descriptors: Class Activities, College Students, Critical Thinking, Debate, Experiential Learning, High School Students, High Schools, Higher Education, Persuasive Discourse, Problem Solving, Speech Communication, Thinking Skills

Author: Worthen, Thomas K.; Pack, Gaylen N.


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