ABSTRACT: While critical thinking is necessary for accountants in today’s business world, cultivating students’ critical thinking skills in an accounting classroom can be a challenge. The extant literature suggests that debate is a well-established pedagogical tool for enhancing student critical thinking skills, yet debate is not often used effectively in accounting classrooms. We provide suggestions for developing debates for use in the accounting classroom and two examples of debates used by the authors. The first requires students to argue for or against the extension of tax provisions currently being deliberated by Congress. The second requires students to examine the provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley and propose amendments to the bill.

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