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The Pedagogical Value of Embracing Controversy in the Classroom

Instructors often avoid controversial issues in the classroom because students are uneasy with disagreement and because heated discussions can be difficult to manage. However, research has demonstrated that conflict or controversy can be a useful pedagogical tool to promote cognitive gains in complex reasoning, integrated thinking, and decision-making.

Join us on October 20th for a faculty-centered conversation on strategies for teaching controversial topics with Matthias Henze, Isla Carroll and Perry E. Turner Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism, and Rachel Kimbro, Associate Professor of Sociology. 

This conversation is part of our Teaching Matters series for Rice faculty.

Please RSVP here. Lunch will be provided.