This strategy will help students to:
- PCQ is a basic tool used by the critical thinker to analyse any situation before deciding whether or not to support it. The PCQ Extension takes the analysis further and deeper by adding a fourth column header: Perspectives, or Points of View.
- The column uses perspectives, criteria and special points of interest.
- The teacher offers several perspectives to be entered below each other. Allow students the opportunity to include some of their own perspectives.
- P = Pros
- In each cell, enter all the pros, advantages, positives, good points.
- C = Cons
- In each cell, enter all the cons, disadvantages, negatives, weak points, problems, difficulties, etc.
- Q = Questions
- In each cell, enter all the questions, “What if…?”, “I wonder…?”, “It would be interesting to know whether…”, possibilities, unusual questions, insights.
TOPIC: Critically analyse and apply health information to health decisions (year 9/10 health)
TASK: Analyse the health information relating to mandatory child vaccinations.
Argue whether it is the right decision for all people.
TOOL: PCQ Extension
|1||Health||· A high level (90-99%) of protection from preventable diseases, such as polio.
· Decrease in child deaths.
· Delivered in safe dosages.
|· Side effects – pain and discomfort of needle.
· Other possible side effects from aluminium.
|· Are vaccinations linked to autism?|
|2||Community||· Vaccinations limit the spread of diseases to vulnerable people; sick and elderly.||· Little community choice; “No Jab, No Pay’ policy and banning from pre-schools and child care centres.||· What is the threat if some children did not become vaccinated?|
|3||Parents||· Healthy children.
· Funded by Government.
|· Ensuring the child is up to date with shots.
· Possible reaction/discomfort to shots.
|· Should parents be given a choice?|