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ERIC Number: EJ824186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 32
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-0093-3104
Discussing Controversial Public Issues in Secondary Social Studies Classrooms: Learning from Skilled Teachers
Hess, Diana E.
Theory and Research in Social Education, v30 n1 p10-41 Win 2002
This study examined the teaching of controversial public issues (CPI) in middle and high school social studies classes. I sought to better understand the instruction and conceptions undergirding the instruction of secondary social studies teachers who were nominated by discussion experts as especially skillful at teaching their students to participate more effectively in CPI discussions. Using grounded theory, l analyzed three types of data: classroom observation field notes, interviews of the teachers, and CPI discussion teaching artifacts. First, I describe CPI discussions in the teachers' classes, then introduce six propositions induced about the teaching of CPI discussions. Next, I discuss how the propositions challenge and add to the existing literature on classroom discussion in secondary social studies, and suggest implications for the CPI discussion teaching practice of teachers and teacher educators. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A