Strategy: Pro/Con Grid
Time: Dependent upon the complexity of the issue
Intent: Students’ Pro/Con Grids provide the instructor with an overview of the depth and breadth of students’ knowledge and demonstrate students’ ability to analyze data. This type of assignment will help identify any misconceptions students might have about the content.
- Select a decision, judgment, dilemma, or issue that does not have a definitive “right” answer.
- Pick a topic that is directly related to Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) and students can explain, analyze, and justify their responses in multiple ways.
- Write a prompt that will act as a trigger for students to build pros and cons in relationship to the issue or dilemma.
- To ensure that the pros and cons are more comparable, make sure to indicate a specific point of view that should be adopted.
- Let the students know how many pros and cons to list and whether you want words, phrases, or complete sentences.
- Indicate how many pros and cons are expected.
- This type of activity helps students develop the ability to weigh competing factors and forces them to look at both sides of an argument or position even when their own beliefs might be set on one side of an issue.
- This activity provides an excellent way to introduce a controversial issue connected with your course material as students are required to look at both sides of an issue.
- Select a perspective or role and ask your students to do a pro/con list for both sides of the issue.
- Have students take opposing sides for pro/cons. Once lists have been made, have students switch sides and defend the opposite viewpoint.
- List pros and cons briefly and quickly; later, after the Pro and Con Grid has been assessed and feedback given, ask students to their statements with evidence and analysis.
Additional Information: Pro & Con Grid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bRCBRqtkUI