Discussion guide about moral issues

In this activity, students practice the constructive exchange of opinions on a topic by reflecting on the possible origins of opinions and the role of moral intuitions. The goal of this activity is not primarily to convince others of one’s own opinion, to “win” or to be right, as is often the case in debates and pro-contra discussions. Rather, it is a dialogue with the goals of listening mindfully and intently, understanding the backgrounds and underlying values of different opinions, and recognizing the role of (automatic) emotions and intuitions in yourself and others. This may result in a more open attitude towards opposing attitudes and new arguments and towards finding common ground. The activity can therefore also be seen as a supplement to usual debates and discussions in the classroom.

Author: Susan Hanisch

adapted from:  Open Mind (2018). Workshop Facilitator Guide. https://openmindplatform.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/OpenMind_Facilitator-Guide_12-12-18.pdf

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