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4/11/2013
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Kellog Center, Michigamme Room
The Graduate School and F&OD

Introduction to Constructive Controversy: The Art of Arguing to Enhance Learning

Dealing with conflict during class sessions can be a challenge. Students are expected to disagree and argue with each other, but at the same time they should respect and be courteous towards each other. Orchestrating and managing respectful disagreement is difficult and many faculty are not prepared for such situations. This workshop focuses on the use of constructive controversy to enhance instruction and foster creative problem-solving and innovation both in and outside of class sessions. This workshop builds on cooperative learning strategies because it focuses on how to structure intellectual conflict among members of cooperative learning groups. In this workshop, participants will learn about the nature of intellectual conflict and constructive controversy, how to structure constructive controversies, how to teach essential social skills for engaging in constructive controversy, and how to assess the impact of constructive controversy on desired instructional outcomes. The workshop will be hands-on and interactive. Participants will engage in the constructive controversy procedure, develop skills in intellectual disagreement, and learn how to utilize controversies in their own teaching.