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Title: Controversial Issues in Social Education


1
Controversial Issues in Social Education
  • Cherie Fields
  • Stephanie Patterson

2
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

3
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?

4
Debate ActivityRights for Children
5
How should schools respond to controversial
issues?
  • Some opportunities already exist in the
    curriculum
  • Provide opportunities for students to express
    their concerns

6
Responsibility of the teacher
  • Give equal importance to conflicting views
  • Establish a positive classroom environment
  • Present all information and opinion as open to
    interpretation

7
Six roles of the teacher
  • Committed
  • Objective or Academic
  • Devils Advocate
  • Advocate
  • Impartial Chairperson
  • Declared Interest

8
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

9
Controversial issues can help develop thinking
skills
  • Information-processing skills
  • Reasoning skills
  • Enquiry skills
  • Creative thinking skills

10
Global Education and Controversial Issues
11
Resources
  • Teaching about controversial issues guidance
    for schools The Citizenship Foundation
  • http//www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/lib_res_pd
    f/0118.pdf
  • Global Citizenship Guides Teaching
    Controversial Issues Oxfam GB
  • http//www.oxfam.org.uk/education/teachersupport/c
    pd/controversial/files/teaching_controversial_issu
    es.pdf
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