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Mikell, Ray – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
From 2012 to 2016, American news headlines were dominated at various times by the killing of black men either stopped by police or presumed to be engaging in suspicious activity, and protests that spread through the Internet social media hashtag #blacklivesmatter. In this piece, the author revisits his time in teaching at an historically black…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Current Events, Emotional Response
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Pinar Alakoc, Burcu – Journal of Political Science Education, 2019
Despite its popularity among students, terrorism is a sensitive and emotive topic that is difficult to learn, and challenging to teach. Given the lack of a simple definition, terrorism is hard to explain objectively and comprehensively. Perceptually value-laden and provocative, it can reinforce stereotypes and prejudices against a group of people…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Terrorism, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Stereotypes
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Bauer, Kelly; Clancy, Kelly – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
At our predominantly white university, students often shy away from controversial conversations. How can the classroom encourage students to value and engage in potentially explosive conversations? We develop a concept of "empathic scaffolding" to articulate an approach that integrates diversity and inclusion into the classroom. Empathic…
Descriptors: Race, Social Justice, Whites, Higher Education
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Fenner, Sofia – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
Content warnings--notices to students that class material may evoke their past traumas--have become entangled in (over)heated debates about the role of free speech on campus. Critics denounce content warnings as silencing tools intended to promote censorship, preclude discussion of difficult topics or punish professors who hold unpopular views.…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Amira, Karyn – Journal of Political Science Education, 2018
Over the last year and a half, a number of scholars, pundits, and journalists have criticized college campuses for coddling students by constructing environments that protect them from offensive opinions and evidence that disconfirms their prior attitudes. In this article, I suggest two pedagogical techniques that can help students encounter and…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Teaching Methods, World Views, Beliefs