ERIC Number: ED510818
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
The Academic Controversy Technique: Towards Cooperative Debates
Jacobs, George M.
The purpose of this paper is to introduce and explain a cooperative learning technique, Academic Controversy (Johnson, Johnson, & Smith, 1996), also known as Cooperative Controversy, Structured Controversy and Structured Academic Controversy, that has potential for use in education and other areas, and has support in both research and theory. Briefly, the technique involves a cooperative form of debate in which groups of four, divided into twosomes, take turns representing two opposing views on an issue before attempting to reach a consensus on the issue. The present article begins with a theory-based review of the potential educational benefits of controversy. Next, the Academic Controversy technique is described. In the next part of the article, Academic Controversy is viewed through the lens of selected cooperative learning principles. Finally, the last part of the article explains variations to the technique.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A