The B.C. Ethics Bowl - A Collaborative Learning Challenge: a debate of ideas based on respect, listening, and critical thinking

In partnership with the BCSSTA, SFU's Department of Philosophy has organized the first edition of the BC Ethics Bowl this year. Five teams from the Vancouver, Delta, and Surrey school boards participated in the Regional championship held at SFU’s Burnaby campus, and the two finalist teams advanced to the National held at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. The event will take place this year as well, and we are seeking more participating schools.

But what is the Ethics Bowl? This is a team event that is both collaborative and competitive, where teams of grade 9-12 students analyze and discuss ethical questions that focus on current ethical issues—social, political, economic, scientific, cultural, historical, and beyond. It requires them to study, imagine, criticize and compare argumentative strategies. During a match, students can work together to amend their initial position, in response to the constructive questions they ask and receive, resulting in a deeper understanding of the issues and principles related to the ethical themes discussed. The Ethics Bowl is therefore an improved ethical debate formula, in which respect, listening, and critical thinking are prioritized.

Target Audience

Teachers of History, Philosophy, Social Studies, Economics; essentially secondary Social Studies (Sciences), Humanities, English, and Liberal Arts teachers.


Friday 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Room 413

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  • Dale Martelli

    Dale is a  PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University in the Educational Theory and Practice: Philosophy of Education stream, researching philosophy of history education, in particular, historical critical thinking skills. Using design-based research methodology, his thesis is researching an implementation of a critical thinking intervention tool in history classrooms. 

    He is originally from East Vancouver and later as raised on a farm out in the valley. He started at S.F.U in 1978 and began teaching in 1982. He spent a few years teaching in Israel and Nigeria. He completed a B.A. in history and philosophy and he was very fortunate to work with the late Dr. William Cleveland at S.F.U., completing a master's thesis exploring Syrian and Palestinian history and the nature of popular revolt. He returned to East Van in 1998 after a stint as a Faculty Associate at S.F.U, taking a social studies position and becoming Department Head at Vancouver Technical Secondary. 

    He teaches History 12, Genocide Studies 12,  Philosophy 12, and Classical Studies 8-10 a blend of philosophy and literature. He is also the President of the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers's Association, working with an amazing group of social studies teachers from all across our province.