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ERIC Number: EJ899394
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1544-0389
Using Debate to Maximize Learning Potential: A Case Study
Firmin, Michael W.; Vaughn, Aaron; Dye, Amanda
Journal of College Teaching & Learning, v4 n1 p19-32 Jan 2007
Following a review of the literature, an educational case study is provided for the benefit of faculty preparing college courses. In particular, we provide a transcribed debate utilized in a General Psychology course as a best practice example of how to craft a debate which maximizes student learning. The work is presented as a model for the principles of not building straw-men arguments, not shying away from controversial topics, giving politically-incorrect viewpoints fair treatment, making a crisp presentation that students will take seriously, and exemplifying gender-equity and aggressive female role-modeling. Reparative therapy and homosexual orientation was the debate's topic.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A