Cory Leonard

Thorny Exchanges on Campus Can Hold Educational Value | CHE

In politics on May 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm

Can any good come from a lecture that runs off the rails?

Advocates for facilitating constructive conversations about controversial subjects cite the educational benefits of the experience. Such arguments also tend to be made in support of liberal education and engagement on issues of diversity.

Like liberal education, civic learning is promoted as helping students wrestle with messy problems that have no clearly defined answers, a skill that will help them as voters when they evaluate policy trade-offs. It is also a skill that many employers say they value.

Participating in difficult dialogues about politics or values is thought to spur a healthful cognitive disjunction in students, which causes them to take a fresh look at their unexamined views—much the way that substantive conversations about race and ethnicity have been shown to improve critical-thinking skills.

via Thorny Exchanges on Campus Can Hold Educational Value – Teaching – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

 

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