The call to teach and model effective ways to disagree has never been louder and more relevant. With the right tools and skills, disagreements can be productive - even illuminating - for all participants. In this course, you will learn how to lead your students and colleagues through complex disagreements using two techniques: Argument Mapping and Systematic Empathy. These methods help people clarify information, promote collaboration, and problem-solve.
How We Argue: Strategies for Disagreeing with Empathy and Evidence is designed to help you lead your students and colleagues through complex disagreements using two techniques: Argument Mapping and Systematic Empathy.
- Argument Maps visually communicate the logic of an argument, specifically how reasons and evidence work together to support a claim.
- Systematic Empathy uses 4 simple steps to help people listen, accurately repeat, and thoughtfully interpret someone else’s position, especially when they disagree.
With roots in Harvard’s Department of Philosophy, ThinkerAnalytix has trained hundreds of educators to strengthen people’s “reasoning muscles” using digital games, puzzles, and practice exercises.
Cohort learning is at the core of HGSE ethos. This three-week, online workshop builds a community of professionals who share reflections, feedback, and implementation strategies.
Each week you will...
- Employ a variety of materials (videos, practice exercises, and games) that can be used off-the-shelf to develop reasoning skills and develop systematic empathy habits of mind
- Connect with others who share your interest in discussing current events and controversial issues with students and/or colleagues
- Reflect on how using argument mapping and systematic empathy can support your current practice
All materials are provided at the start of the program and can be completed within the three-week program period at times that best fit your schedule. Participants should plan to devote approximately five hours of work per week. Participants who complete all individual activities and contribute to group discussions prior to the end of the course period will receive a certificate indicating completion of fifteen clock hours of instruction.
By the end of the course, participants will
- Acquire a simple vocabulary for working on arguments across academic disciplines and social settings
- Analyze and plan arguments using visualization techniques, and help others do the same
- Teach the steps for listening to better understand the reasons behind different views
- Help others engage constructively in disagreements about professional, personal, and political topics