Groupdebates involve researching and putting together a stand on a certainethical topic. The group members acting collectively examine ideas,situations or problems, evaluate and consider the ideas andsolutions, brainstorm and select the best ideas for a stance in thepresentation (Dundes, 2001). The group members may be quite diverseor demographically similar. In this paper I will discuss debating asa genre of finding appropriate answers to problems in the society aswell as its benefits and drawbacks.

The first and most important benefit of working as a group is thatthere is assured total productivity (Dundes, 2001). While working asa group each group member has their own expertise and strengths, byutilizing to the limit the expertise and strengths of each groupmember, productivity is certain. Eventually summarizing the bestideas from each group member and fine tuning them ensures an edge inthe presentation.

Abetter collective understanding is ensured while working as a group.When the best ideas are brought forth, examining and evaluating themtogether enhances an understanding of the topic by each member of thegroup. This might promote a feeling of ownership among the membersleading to a greater understanding and commitment of the topic.

Whileworking as a group, members give their opinion and are expected toexplain why. This I think puts the members on their toes to givecredible ideas, therefore promoting a sense of professionalismmembers are forced to think professionally (Dundes, 2001).

There are drawbacks as well while working as a group particularly ingroup debates. The most significant drawback is slow decision making(Dundes, 2001). Due to the diverse ideas and opinions agreeing onwhich ideas to put forth tends to become slower and may become aproblem in the end.


Dundes,L. (2001). Small Group Debates: Fostering Critical Thinking in OralPresentations with Maximal Class Involvement. JSOR,29 (2), 237-243.