POTENTIAL EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS OF INCORPORATING STRUCTURED CONTROVERSY IN EFL CONTEXT AND ITS POSSIBLE CHALLENGES

Mufanti, Restu (2015) POTENTIAL EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS OF INCORPORATING STRUCTURED CONTROVERSY IN EFL CONTEXT AND ITS POSSIBLE CHALLENGES. Jurnal Cendekia, 13 (2). pp. 275-291. ISSN 1693-1505

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Abstract

This paper attempts to explore potential educational benefits and challenges of implementing structured controversy in EFL learning at university level. Structured controversy is a model of cooperative learning that occupy intellectual conflict to facilitate students broaden and deepen understanding related to particular issue/ topic. It is asserted that providing students with opportunities to engage in structured controversy activities enables them to have their own ideas and conclusions challenged by advocates of an opposing position. Students are better able to develop a strong argument in defining and interpreting issues, developing and evaluating solutions, developing a plan based on a selected solution, and reflecting on the learning outcomes. Thus, at least threefold benefits are gained through the process of structured controversy: (a) giving students a chance to work collaboratively in free risk situation, (b) providing negotiation of meaning and peer assistance, and (c) shaping college students’ high order thinking. As the application of structured controversy brings benefits much in learning and provides support both theories and empirical studies, teachers are suggested to incorporate it in their teaching especially in EFL context.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Research
Depositing User: PERPUS UMPO PERPUS UMPO
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2016 03:35
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2016 03:35
URI: http://eprints.umpo.ac.id/id/eprint/2014

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