Controversial Issues in Social Education by qr2b0B18

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									Controversial Issues in
  Social Education
        Cherie Fields
     Stephanie Patterson
    What are controversial issues?
 Issues that are likely to be sensitive that
  have a political, social or personal impact
  and arouse feelings or deal with questions
  of value or belief.
 Can be local or global
 Any issue can become controversial
    Think-Quick Write-Pair-Share
 How should schools respond to
  controversial issues?
 What can teachers do to avoid unfairly
  influencing pupils?
 What kind of values may legitimately be
  taught in school?
 Debate Activity:
Rights for Children
    How should schools respond to
        controversial issues?
 Some opportunities already exist in the
  curriculum
 Provide opportunities for students to
  express their concerns
    Responsibility of the teacher
 Give equal importance to conflicting views
 Establish a positive classroom
  environment
 Present all information and opinion as
  open to interpretation
      Six roles of the teacher
 Committed
 Objective or Academic
 Devil’s Advocate
 Advocate
 Impartial Chairperson
 Declared Interest
       Values taught in schools
   Distinguish between public and private
    – Public values might include:
        Social Justice
        Political Equality
        Tolerance
        Human Rights
        Respect for the rule of law
        Commitment to negotiation and debate to resolve
         conflict
    Controversial issues can help
       develop thinking skills
 Information-processing skills
 Reasoning skills
 Enquiry skills
 Creative thinking skills
Global Education and Controversial
              Issues
                 Resources
 “Teaching about controversial issues: guidance
  for schools” The Citizenship Foundation
http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/lib_res_p
  df/0118.pdf
 “Global Citizenship Guides: Teaching
  Controversial Issues” Oxfam GB
http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/teachersuppo
  rt/cpd/controversial/files/teaching_controversial_
  issues.pdf

								
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