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Michele Mont

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Debating is a well-known pedagogical technique used to encourage discussion, motivate students, and it leads to more meaningful understanding of content. Yet, the only learners who typically participate in debates are those on debate teams (Kennedy, 2007). The challenge for educators is to determine how to use well-known principles of debating to facilitate discussions leading to mutual understanding. Mutual understanding is typically achieved when participants are willing to acknowledge different viewpoints or even adjust their views. This paper will explore some basic principles of debating and examine the benefits of including meaningful, interactive discussions in higher education classrooms.

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The Use of Debates in Higher Education Classrooms

Debating is a well-known pedagogical technique used to encourage discussion, motivate students, and it leads to more meaningful understanding of content. Yet, the only learners who typically participate in debates are those on debate teams (Kennedy, 2007). The challenge for educators is to determine how to use well-known principles of debating to facilitate discussions leading to mutual understanding. Mutual understanding is typically achieved when participants are willing to acknowledge different viewpoints or even adjust their views. This paper will explore some basic principles of debating and examine the benefits of including meaningful, interactive discussions in higher education classrooms.