THE FOCUS OF SIGNIFICANT LEARNING: THE PEDAGOGICAL POTENCIAL OF DEBATING

Maija Ročāne, Alīda Samuseviča

Abstract


Nowadays, in the process of the implementation of student-centered learning paradigm, not only the knowledge, skills and attitude formation has been updated, but a new quality of teaching and learning as well. Thus significant learning approach has been promoted, leading to the each student's personal development and providing new resources and opportunities. The publication describes the productive dimension of significant learning in the English language learning process revealing the educational opportunities and a potential of the innovative learning method – debating. The prerequisites of significant learning for students have been analyzed as well as the possibilities to develop learning skills through students engaging in the process of debating. Empirical research data confirms the value of the learning method – debating: it promotes self-discipline, the increase of interest in learning, student responsibility as well as raising students‟ motivation

Keywords


debating; motivation; teaching potential; self-discipline; significant learning; students

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17770/ercs2014.1131

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