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The Challenge of Teaching Controversial Issues


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CONTENTS: The contributors; 1. The challenge of teaching controversial issues: Principle and practice; 2. Educational policy and the social justice dilemma; 3. War and peace with young children; 4. Resources for hope: Engaging with controversial issues through drama; 5. Reading the world: Using children's literature to explore controversial issues; 6. Education for sustainability: How should we deal with change?; 7. Teaching the contested and controversial nature of democratic ideas: Taking the crisis out of controversy; 8. 'Should the hijab be allowed in school?': A structured approach to tackling controversial issues with older students; 9. Teaching about controversial electoral systems: Lessons from Japan; 10. Wood for what? Tourism and sustainable development; 11. Political learning and controversial issues with children; 12. Taking risks, building peace: Teaching conflict strategies and skills to students aged 6 to 16+; 13. School linking: A controversial issue; 14. Speak no evil, see no evil: The controversy about saying 'hate' in mainly white classrooms; 15. Key strategies for teachers new to controversial issues.

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Cathie Holden and Hilary Claire are internationally known for their work on Citizenship Education. The contributors are all eminent academics and teachers from the UK and abroad working in diverse fields where the teaching of controversial issues is central.


This book is relevant, up to date and will span the age groups from pre-school through to higher education. It provides conceptual clarity and practical value to everyone concerned with teaching about controversy today. * TES Online *

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