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ERIC Number: ED116990
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 23
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Controversial Political Issues: Providing the Participant's Eye-View.
Gillespie, Judith; Lazarus, Stuart
Three ways to develop curriculum materials dealing with controversial political issues are described. Currently the two most popular approaches are the general theoretical discussion of important concepts and case studies. Whereas the theoretical approach may be too abstract and the case study approach too brief, a third approach combines the positive aspects of both and yet avoids their pitfalls. This documentary approach is an extensive treatment of a well-defined topic which avoids lengthy narratives of a theoretical approach and yet is more in-depth than a case study. To teach about the concept of political conflict, a documentary would present students with a wealth of information about a single political system experiencing conflict. The High School Political Science Curriculum Project under development at Indiana University uses the documentary approach in "Comparing Political Experiences." One specific unit focuses on the issue of court-ordered busing in Boston by providing participant eye views of the various actors in the conflict situation. This interview technique provides a powerful set of examples of political conflict. Guidelines for the creation of a documentary are provided. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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