Critical discussion

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Critical discussion is a 4-stage process involving: confrontation (opposing points of view expressed); opening (opposing rational arguments expressed); argumentation (counter-arguments expressed within a carefully monitored environment); and closing (the winning argument is mutually agreed).[1]

Possible strengths

The careful use of critical discussion allows learners to

Possible weaknesses

In most instances, critical discussion tends to be included in

When critical discussion is used outside its usual spaces

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Recommended Reading

Wikipedia's 'Pragma-dialectics' page, - includes the understanding of and rules for the ideal critical discussion.


  1. 'Critical Discussion.' Changing Minds website. Accessed June 13, 2012 via

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--Beth Kicinski 14:42, 14 June 2012 (EST)

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