ERIC Number: ED327453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Controversial Issues in the Classroom. ERIC Digest.
Harwood, Angela M.; Hahn, Carole L.
The essence of a healthy democracy is open dialogue about issues of public concern. An integral part of the training of young citizens, therefore, includes the discussion of controversial social, political, and economic policies. The use of classroom discussions as a pedagogical technique to examine controversial issues is explored by considering: (1) the nature of controversial issues discussions; (2) the importance of discussion in social studies instruction; (3) what is known about the use of controversial issues discussions in social studies; and (4) suggestions for implementing controversial issues discussions in the classroom. (DB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Strategies, Skill Development, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, Teaching Methods
ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education 2805 E. 10th St., Suite 120, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47408.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests