An Introduction to teaching controversial issues

Course description

This course will help you understand the principles and practice of teaching controversial issues. We live in an era characterized by partisanship in politics fueled by fake news and anti-expert sentiments. Controversial topics frequently come up in the classroom, often as unplanned incidental teaching moments, and this can leave teachers feeling unprepared and unsure on the best way to address them with students. This course teaches a pedagogical approach grounded in best practice and guidance from experts such as Diana Hess and Michael Hand that will enable you to feel more confident addressing controversial issues in your school and classroom.

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Course outline

This introductory course will take place over 4 sessions:

  • Session 1 – What are controversial issues and why should they be taught in school?
  • Session 2 – What are the key concepts relevant to teaching controversial issues?
  • Session 3 – What is the role of the teacher in classroom discussions of controversial issues?
  • Session 4 – How can teachers encourage positive discussions and help students develop critical thinking?

The course will involve a mixture of presentations, group activities, and individual reflections. It can be delivered in-person or online.

A longer version of the course can be customized to include developing programs of study and curricula in various subject areas.

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