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ERIC Number: EJ894735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1467-5986
Academic Controversy: A Cooperative Way to Debate
Jacobs, George
Intercultural Education, v21 n3 p291-296 Jun 2010
The purpose of this paper is to introduce and explain a cooperative learning technique, Academic Controversy, also known as Cooperative Controversy, Structured Controversy and Structured Academic Controversy. This technique has potential for use in intercultural education and has support in both research and theory. Briefly, the technique involves a cooperative form of debate in which groups of four, divided into pairs, take turns representing two opposing views on an issue before attempting to reach a consensus on the issue. The present paper begins with a brief review of the potential educational benefits of controversy. Next, the Academic Controversy technique is described. In the final part of the paper, variations to the technique are discussed, with some of these variations informed by cooperative learning principles.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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