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Bezalel, Glenn Y. – Theory and Research in Education, 2020
There has been a growing literature among philosophers of education on how to frame questions of moral controversy in the classroom. Through the application of hard moral cases that may be said to leave one 'morally dumbfounded', I take up Michael Hand's influential epistemic criterion and attempt to show why its monistic approach is too limited…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Educational Philosophy, Moral Development, Epistemology
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Siegel, Harvey – Theory and Research in Education, 2018
Is good reasoning in the moral domain different from its counterpart in non-moral domains? What counts as a good moral argument, or a valid moral assertion or claim? What does 'validity' mean in the moral realm? Lots of ink has been spilled on these and related questions in the past few decades, but not much has been settled. In what follows I…
Descriptors: Justice, Ethics, Value Judgment, Persuasive Discourse
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Tamir, Yuli – Theory and Research in Education, 2015
This article argues that in divided societies, civic education fails to fulfill one of its most important social role: creating a more inclusive society that allows a democratic dialogue to flow across different ideological, religious, and cultural communities. This failure is grounded in two main reasons. First, civics teachers are socially and…
Descriptors: Civics, Social Studies, Politics of Education, Social Influences
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Kissling, Mark T.; Bell, Jonathan T. – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2020
We live in ecological crisis. While understanding the human-made crisis requires scientific expertise, addressing it requires active, informed citizens. Thus, the crisis is a matter for the field of social studies education, the subject area foremost tasked with teaching students to become effective citizens of their many communities. However,…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Climate, Environmental Education, Secondary Education
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Geller, Rebecca Cooper – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2020
Quality civic education is often understood as involving discussions of controversial social and political issues, a task made more difficult for teachers amidst the kind of political polarization that characterizes the current political climate. This study explores high school social studies teachers' thinking and sensemaking related to…
Descriptors: Ethics, Civics, Citizenship Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Conrad, Jenni – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2020
This case study aims to expand our understanding of controversial issues teaching and teacher disclosure by illustrating how one "out" gay/queer high school teacher approaches and experiences disclosure with the National Day of Silence (DoS), a yearly event focused on increasing awareness of LGBTQ voices and concerns in schools. Using…
Descriptors: Identification (Psychology), Controversial Issues (Course Content), Self Disclosure (Individuals), LGBTQ People
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Reisman, Abby; Enumah, Lisette; Jay, Lightning – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2020
A recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center revealed that many history teachers avoid or minimize conversations about race for fear they will trigger "racialized conflict." This silence should raise alarms, as we know that race and racism permeate the lived experiences of teachers and students and inevitably surface in historical…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), History Instruction, Race, United States History
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Mintz, Avi I. – Theory and Research in Education, 2013
Suffering has a complex role in social justice education. The alleviation or eradication of suffering is a goal of social justice education while, simultaneously, students suffer in the process of learning about the suffering of others. Educational theorists have attempted to resolve this paradox in various ways and the author of this article…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Emotional Response, Empathy, Psychological Patterns
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Kohlmeier, Jada; Saye, John – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2019
We conducted a two-year study with four teachers (two mentors and two mentees), one university researcher, and a political science professor focused on improving discussion facilitation. This article examines the facilitation of a collaboratively developed seminar/deliberation discussion by four teachers and the relationship between their…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Logical Thinking, High School Teachers, High School Students
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Beck, Terence A. – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2019
Controversial political issues are, by definition and design, places where students engage with others holding differing opinions. Yet classrooms often reflect U.S. society, which is increasingly segregated by political ideology. This article examines the case of Jake, a young African American man who participated in a high school discussion of…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Political Issues, Opinions, High School Students
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Pace, Judith L. – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2019
Based on a cross-national study conducted in Northern Ireland, England, and the United States, this article expands current literature by examining 4 teacher educators' efforts to prepare preservice teachers to teach controversial issues. Teaching controversial issues, strongly advocated for decades, is both urgent and risky, especially in divided…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Cultural Differences, Teacher Educators, Preservice Teacher Education
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Dabach, Dafney Blanca; Fones, Aliza; Merchant, Natasha Hakimali; Adekile, Adebowale – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
Currently, a knowledge gap exists at the intersection of immigration, citizenship, and education. We have little knowledge of how teachers teach about citizenship when they anticipate that some of their students are undocumented. Conceptually, we distinguish between formal and cultural citizenship and draw from immigrant political incorporation…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Undocumented Immigrants, High Schools
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Milligan, Andrea; Gibson, Lindsay; Peck, Carla L. – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
This article explores the relationship between the philosophy of ethics, history education, and young people's historical ethical judgments. In the last two decades, "ethical judgments," which focus on making decisions about the ethics of historical actions, has been acknowledged as a second-order historical thinking concept in history…
Descriptors: Ethics, Decision Making, History Instruction, Thinking Skills
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Klein, Stephan – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2017
Using an analytical framework based on the concept of historical distance, this article explores how Dutch history teachers and educators navigate between the past and the present when making curriculum decisions on the sensitive topic of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery. Four history teachers and 2 museum educators were selected on the…
Descriptors: Slavery, History Instruction, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Callan, Eamonn – Theory and Research in Education, 2011
Teachers sometimes shut students up for the sake of civility. My question is whether silencing for the sake of civility can be morally justified when a student derogates fellow students as members of some widely stigmatized group, and the offending speech is not for any further reason to be deplored, for example, as a personally targeted insult.…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Teacher Student Relationship, Classroom Communication, Intellectual Freedom
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