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ERIC Number: EJ1178233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1085-3545
Contention and Conversation in the K-12 Classroom: A Review Essay of "Teaching Controversial Issues" and "The Case for Contention"
Kunzman, Robert
Democracy & Education, v26 n1 Article 5 2018
This review essay explores the complexities and challenges involved in addressing controversial issues in the K-12 public school classroom, drawing from two recent books: Noddings and Brooks's "Teaching Controversial Issues: The Case for Critical Thinking and Moral Commitment in the Classroom" and Zimmerman and Robertson's "The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in American Schools." This educational work requires thoughtful preparation by teachers, support from administrators and communities, and careful discernment about whether issues require pedagogical neutrality or directive instruction. Teaching young people how to understand unfamiliar perspectives and engage respectfully across ethical disagreement should be a fundamental priority for schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Book/Product Reviews
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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