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ERIC Number: EJ934944
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1744-9642
Controversy, Citizenship, and Counterpublics: Developing Democratic Habits of Mind
Sheppard, Shelby; Ashcraft, Catherine; Larson, Bruce E.
Ethics and Education, v6 n1 p69-84 2011
A wealth of research suggests the importance of classroom discussion of controversial issues for adequately preparing students for participation in democratic life. Teachers, and the larger public, however, still shy away from such discussion. Much of the current research seeking to remedy this state of affairs focuses exclusively on developing knowledge and skills. While important, this ignores significant ways in which students' beliefs about the "concept" or "nature" of controversy itself might affect such discussions and potentially, the sort of citizen that educators are fostering. We argue that examining the concept of "controversy" is central to conducting such discussions and propose a framework of four crucial virtues or habits of mind that can be developed through such an examination. We illustrate how these four habits of mind are essential for establishing classroom "counterpublics" that aim to develop more justice-oriented democratic citizens. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Language: English
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