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Using Formal Debates in the Classroom to Foster Critical Thinking and Communication Skills

Tim Jesurun

THURSDAY, DEC. 3RD at 12:30 (please note this is a date change) -  teach & tell with Tim Jesurun (Visiting Asst. Prof of Psychology) 

Using Formal Debates in the Classroom to Foster Critical Thinking and Communication Skills

This talk will cover the value of formal debates in the classroom, my experiences with formal debates this semester, and how other faculty can use debates in their classes. I use formal debates in my class because they require students to do research, form coherent and well-reasoned arguments, respond to opposing views, and think on the spot, which are all goals I have for my students. I will share the successes I have had along with ways that I would improve what I am doing in the future. We will end by considering how formal debates can be used in a variety of courses to meet different needs, with a special focus on the courses and needs raised by those in attendance.

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