Using Dialectical Maps in Biology

Decorative: An image of one panel of the dialectal maps in the article


"Developing Skills of Argumentation in Undergraduate Science Students Through the Use of an Online Dialectical Map at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia" (online article) outlines one instructor's use of dialectical maps to help students "develop a better understanding of some of the controversies in biological sciences" and to address "students’ inability to put forward an evidence-based argument, even in third year classes."

  • "The online dialectical map has the potential for use in a wide range of subject disciplines. It has already been applied in educational psychology, science and engineering at SFU."
  • "This is a research-based tool that is easy to use by both instructors and students for developing the essential 21st century skill of evidence-based argumentation."
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