ERIC Number: ED084170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Reference Count: 0
How to Handle Controversial Issues. How to Do It Series, Number 14.
Gross, Richard E.
One of a series of bulletins designed to aid social studies teachers, this issue serves as a guide in handling controversial issues in the classroom. The need for a policy statement from the local board of education is noted as the first step in allowing the free exchange of ideas. Considerations in deciding to study an issue are suggested: whether the issue is beyond the maturity level of the pupils; if it is of interest to them; if the teacher feels he can handle it from a personal standpoint; if adequate study materials can be obtained; if there is adequate time to justify its presentation; and if it will clash with community attitudes. A possible approach to controversial problems is broken into four aspects: preparation, introduction, investigation, and culmination. Special emphasis is on introductory techniques. The topic of appropriate pupil action in school and community is discussed as a natural outgrowth of the study of these issues. The teacher's role in working for consensus is observed as important in dealing with diverse opinions. A selected bibliography lists journal and yearbook articles from 1938 to the present. Related documents are SO 005 979 through SO 006 000. (KSM)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Conflict, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Decision Making, Democratic Values, Freedom of Speech, Local Issues, Opinions, Political Issues, Problem Solving, Productive Thinking, Social Problems, Social Studies, Teacher Role, Teaching Guides, Teaching Methods, Values
National Council for the Social Studies, 1201 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($0.25; Quantity Discounts)
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Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.