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Debate: A Teaching Strategy to Improve Verbal Communication and Critical-Thinking Skills

Garrett, Michele MSN, RN; Schoener, Lois MS, RN; Hood, Lucy MSN, RN

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Abstract

Debate is presented as a valuable learning activity for teaching critical thinking and improving communication skills. Included in the discussion are a brief history of the use of debate as a teaching strategy, the responsibilities of the teacher and learner when using debate in the classroom, and its many advantages for developing competencies in communication and critical thinking.

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Michele Garrett, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor, Mansfield University, Pennsylvania, Lois Schoener, MS, RN, Assistant Professor, Elmira College, New York, Lucy Hood, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor, St. Luke's College, Kansas City, Missouri.

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