Navigating the Challenges of Classroom Discussions, Deliberations, and Debates: Methods and Advice from the Field

Discussion is a central part of many political science classrooms across the United States because it provides the opportunity to share and hear from each other while wrestling with ideas in an engaging and active way. However, having discussions about contentious, controversial, or divisive topics has become more challenging given increase polarization and assaults on classroom free speech. Below are some ideas and methods for how to setup and facilitate successful discussions in your classrooms.

Critical Thinking Through Structured Controversy

David Johnson and Roger Johnson

Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) Video Example

Check out this video of a SAC being conducted in a high school civics and government classroom.

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