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Cooperative Learning: Constructive Controversy Theory

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What is Constructive Conflict Theory?

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Source: Daniels, Mats, and Åsa Cajander. "Constructive controversy as a way to create true collaboration in an open ended group project setting." Proceedings of the Twelfth Australasian Conference on Computing Education-Volume 103. Australian Computer Society, Inc., 2010.

Constructive Controversy Theory

Constructive controversy is based on the idea that discussions and controversies might create a good starting point when trying to understand a complex problem."



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Santicola, Craig F. "Academic Controvers in Macroeconomics: An Active and Collaborative Method to Increase Student Learning." (2013).


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