ERIC Number: EJ781598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
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The Role of Discussion and Dissent in Creating Civic Understanding
McMurray, Andrew J.
American Secondary Education, v36 n1 p49-58 Fall 2007
Social studies teachers are charged with imparting an understanding of what democracy entails. Unfortunately, a major component of any authentic democracy, the acceptance of dissent in the face of majority views, is often omitted from classroom discussions due to practical considerations such as maintaining classroom order. Many scholars insist, however, that civic understanding requires dissent to be part of classroom discourse. This article provides an overview of the practical problems associated with including dissent in classroom discussion as well as the theoretical justifications for doing so. Several practical strategies for including dissent in classroom discussions are offered.
Descriptors: Dissent, Democracy, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Civics, Social Attitudes, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
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