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Why Consult Multiple Sources and Perspectives?

Learning Goals

In this RoundTable, we will discuss the value of consulting different sources and perspectives about current issues. We will question, build on and challenge each other's ideas in a respectful manner.

Content & Multimedia

First, let's look at the definition of perspective:

Perspective - noun - a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

Since we are all unique individuals, it's common that different people see a particular issue differently. But listening to people you disagree with can be uncomfortable and frustrating. What should we do in these situations when we passionately disagree on something?

Watch the following video:

Discussion Questions

Now it’s time to share your thoughts. In your submission answer the following questions:

1. Explain - Why is it important to consult multiple sources when examining a historical event or current issue?
2. Assess - Do you think all perspectives are equally valid? Why or why not?

Peer Feedback

After submitting your response, read at least two of your classmates’ responses and post a reply. Did they change your perspective in any way? Do you disagree? Why or why not? Can you add to their ideas?

Don’t worry about being on the “right” side of the argument. It’s okay to take a stance even if you’re not fully convinced one way or another. In fact, it’s a good thing to try and see issues from an alternative perspective.

Stay Curious!

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Author:
Anna Lisa Martin
Subject Area:
Digital Citizenship ,  Politics & Civics ,  Psychology & Mind ,  World Issues ,  Sustainable Development Goals
Level:
Introductory
Collections:
Inquiry Templates ,  Featured RoundTables ,  Citizenship (Digital and Otherwise) ,  Journalism and Media ,  Psychology
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