Facilitating Pedagogy and Assessment at Masters Level: Learning Through Employing “Debates”

By Gautam Rajkhowa and Steve Page.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Gibbs (1992) identifies four key elements necessary to foster deeper learning: motivation, learner activity, interaction with others, and a strong knowledge base. This paper demonstrates that the use of debates facilitates these four elements.
The paper examines how debates aid students in developing critical thinking skills, through prompting an understanding of alternative viewpoints with a strong fact base. We argue that debates can be an effective method of enabling students to take an active part in their own learning through the preparation, presentation & review of their own work, and that of their peers. This position supports pedagogic theory which asserts that students learn effectively when they learn co-operatively through interaction with others.
The paper is based on a case study that examines the use of debate as a major learning & assessment vehicle on a Masters level ‘Business Ethics’ course.

Keywords: Business Ethics, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Design, Debate, Learning & Assessment, Learning Theory, Pedagogy

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 1, Issue 5, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 642.143KB).

Gautam Rajkhowa

Senior Lecturer, Business School, University of Chester, Chester, Cheshire, UK

Gautam Rajkhowa teaches Strategy, Business Ethics & International Business. His area of interest in the field of Business Ethics is in the study of how organisations respond to ethical issues & translating this into a vehicle for use in the classroom. Gautam has recently presented his work on the use of scenarios in teaching Business Ethics at The Society for Business Ethics Conference. Gautam manages the International MBA programme at the University of Chester, UK.

Steve Page

Senior Lecturer, Business School, University of Chester, Chester, Cheshire, UK

Steve’s international teaching experience has taken him to Europe, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam & Singapore. Current research interest is in the area of Aligning Information Strategy with Business Strategy & Business Ethics. He has presented his work in the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA & has also written a number of book chapters. Steve chaired the ‘Ethics, ICT & Social Exclusion’ conference in February 2001 & has been on the Organising Committee for a number of International Conferences.


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