Controversial Topics in the Classroom: Debates on Ethical Issues in Sport

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A number of benefits have been associated with discussing controversial topics in the classroom. In this article, the author provides an example of using classroom debates on controversial issues in sport as a learning method in an introductory sport management class. Students were assigned to a side of a topic on which they did not agree. This required them to critically think about their stance and seek information to understand why others might feel the way they do. After the debate, students completed a debate reaction paper in which they outlined their opinions not only about the topic but also about the process.

The author is with the University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.

Address correspondence to megan.shreffler@louisville.edu.
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