ERIC Number: EJ710268
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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How Do Teachers' Political Views Influence Teaching about Controversial Issues?
Hess, Diana E.
Social Education, v69 n1 p47 Jan-Feb 2005
Many teachers advocate teaching students to deliberate on controversial political issues as a powerful way of preparing them for political participation. Support for this approach recently came from a Civic Mission of the Schools report, which endorsed including political controversies in the curriculum. Specifically, it recommends that schools: Incorporate discussion of current local, national, and international issues and events into the classroom, particularly those that young people view as important to their lives. When young people have opportunities to discuss current issues in a classroom setting, they tend to have greater interest in politics, improved critical thinking and communications skills, more civic knowledge, and more interest in discussing public affairs out of school. Details of this report are outlined in this article. (Contains 3 notes.)
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Social Environment, Political Issues, Current Events, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Teacher Attitudes, Political Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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