Controversy can involve debates and discussions of opposing opinions and viewpoints. Dealing controversy can be part of learning, research, and teaching. In education, learning, teaching, and research, it is important to think critically and to ultimately arrive at your own conclusions based on all the available information and data.
This area is meant to explore controversy, and how to best handle it. Can value be found through critically thinking about both sides of controversial issues?
Debate about controversies can have educational value. For example, some graduate level ethics classes will have mock debates regarding different issues so that all sides of controversial issues can be examined in depth.
Discussion questions[edit | edit source]
- What are some controversial topics in education, learning, teaching, and research?
- What are controversial issues in the fields of history and science?
- How can discussions about controversial topics help people to think critically and come to their own conclusions?