In a recent case study, Jess Power, Digital Education Coordinator, explores the use of AI to promote debate in the classroom. Titled "Debate in the Digital Age: A Case Study on AI-Driven Dialogics," the study investigates how artificial intelligence can facilitate discussions on ethically challenging topics.

Focusing on S4 RMPS (Religious, Moral, and Philosophical Studies) pupils, the study examines structured debates on the topic of capital punishment. Using ChatGPT, an AI language model, pupils were presented with opposing viewpoints by the AI engine, to which they had to provide counterarguments. 

This approach demonstrated the effectiveness of AI in encouraging critical thinking and engagement among pupils. ChatGPT provided immediate and diverse responses, allowing pupils to articulate their perspectives while being challenged on their points of view. 

Mrs Power's study builds upon the pedagogy of dialogics, emphasising active engagement, mutual respect, and the exchange of diverse viewpoints.  Key findings highlight the benefits of using AI as an impartial platform for pupils to express their perspectives. However, the study also acknowledges the risks associated with AI bias and its lack of emotional intelligence.

Overall, integrating AI into dialogic debates represents a modern approach to pedagogy, offering new opportunities to enhance critical thinking and discourse in educational settings.

Read the full case study at AI in Education.

Mrs Power explores innovative AI-driven dialogics in education