Monday, August 6, 2007
Lecture: Critical Pedagogy Keynote from 2006 Koper Conference - Alfred Snider
PHOTO: Me at the event
Here is the abstract from my talk, which took place at the November 2006 conference in Koper, Slovenia, entitled Thinking and Speaking a Better World: International Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment.
Debate across the curriculum: the next phase
The debate across the curriculum concept that has been introduced by two books written by my colleague Maxwell Schnurer and myself has met with wide application and some approval.
This lecture will summarize the basic concept and how it has been applied, then discuss the issues that now need to be addressed in its development and use.
These issues include:
• The need to refine the concepts, topics and formats for specific disciplines, making sure to design them in such a way that the best meet the needs of students and teachers.
• The need to develop formats that better meet the time requirements of specific teachers, such as short formats for daily or infrequent use, formats that can include a larger number of students as well as longer formats for end-of-term projects where the debate is a culmination of the work students have done.
• Procedures and instruments for proper assessment of debate across the curriculum methods that take into account vast differences in the application of the method, the abilities of different teachers in applying it and the great differences between the students it is being used with.
In conclusion I will call for a global depository of information about debate across the curriculum techniques so that teachers everywhere will have easy access to the information.
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