What is a Debate?

A debate is a formal, disciplined, and rule-governed contest/competition that is conducted within a set framework. A debate may comprise single participants or teams that include several students. In a typical debate, two teams are presented with a proposition that they will debate, with each team given a set period of time to prepare their arguments. Debates are performed in a structured setting that gives all participants a chance to present and defend their arguments.

It would also be possible to use this as a group assignment, where groups of  (your group size here, but debate would use three as a standard size) this could allow you to assess multiple students at the same time. You might also like to tailor you topic to easily address a single component of a GLO too.

 

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Sample Assessment Tasks

Related GLO’s

Task

Students are to debate the issues of Global use of Technology. Using professional, social and cultural implications to justify their arguments. A sample debate topic could be: “Global use of technology has not had a significant impact on (your profession)”
Sample Rubric Line
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Understand professional, social and cultural implications of the global use of technology

Describes the implications of the global use of technology in their profession, culture and society.

Evaluate the implications to explain how the global use of technology in their society, culture and profession interact with each other.

Use examples to develop how implications for one aspect, affect the others.

Describes the implications of the global use of technology in their profession, culture and society.

Analyses the implications to explain how the global use of technology in their society, culture and profession interact with each other

Describes the implications of the global use of technology in their profession, culture and society.

Discusses how the implications are evident in their profession, culture and society.

Describes the implications of the global use of technology in their profession, culture and society. Does not describes the implications of the global use of technology in their profession, culture and society.

 

Related GLO’s

Task

Students are to debate a dilemma using ethical approaches to justify their positions and reasoning. This could be used to assess all three aspects of the Ethics GLO, you could choose a specific aspect or assess multiple in a single debate. 

Sample Topics

  • “Euthanasia the ultimate aim of civilisation”
  • “Employees should always follow the code of conduct”
  • “Single-sex schools are they more effective than Co-ed schools”

In this students could be forced to look at what ethical approaches would be useful as an argument for/against (Knowledge), They would be able to critically reflect and challenge intrinsic values in professions (Skill) and would be able to form judgments, apply ethical decision making (Application) to finish their arguments. 

Sample Rubric Line
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Understand ethical approaches such as rights, utilitarianism and virtue ethics and the need for moral awareness and reflection onmoral values

Identify ethical approaches

Evaluate different ethical approaches, using examples, analyse the impact ethical approaches have on moral values.

Reflect on the impacts and assess how these ethical approaches will affect moral values.

Identify ethical approaches

Examines different ethical approaches, using examples, analyse the impact ethical approaches have on moral values

Identify ethical approaches

Compare different ethical approaches to explain their impact on moral values.

Identify ethical approaches

Describe how the ethical approach impacts on moral values.

Does not identify ethical approaches

or describe how the ethical approach impacts on moral values.

CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Critically reflect on, discuss and challenge the values intrinsic in the different practices in which they participate.

Identify intrinsic values in your profession. Evaluate the effect of these values on established professional practice.

Uses ethical frameworks to justify impacts in professional practice.

Develops alternate examples of how intrinsic values affect practice.

Identify intrinsic values in your profession. Evaluate the effect of these values on established professional practice.

Uses  ethical frameworks to justify impacts in professional practice.

Provide examples.

Identify intrinsic values in your profession. Explains how these have  impacted on professional practice using ethical frameworks. Identify intrinsic values in your profession. Describe the impact on professional practice using ethical frameworks. Does not identify  intrinsic values in (your profession/topic) or describe the impact on professional practice using ethical frameworks.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Form judgements and apply ethical decision making and reasoning toidentify creative solutionsto ethical problems.

Evaluation of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

Includes independent evaluation of each resolution alternative in decision making process.

Analysis of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

Includes comparison of ethical value of resolution alternatives.

Explanation of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

Includes ethical reasoning for resolution alternatives.

Description of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks. Does not describe an ethical dilemma. Has not proposed a potential resolution of the dilemma or a justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

Resources

https://qatardebate.org/debate-and-debating/what-is-debate.html

https://papersowl.com/blog/35-best-debate-topics-for-students#topic-4-4

https://papersowl.com/blog/5-hints-for-preparing-for-debate

https://www.debate.org/ – This could be an option to send your students to engage with debates, or see some arguments for and against various issues.