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Title: Teaching controversial issues in schools to prepare children for a sustainable global village
Contributor(s): Reitano, Paul  (author); Kivunja, Charles  (author)orcid ; Porter, Kim  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: Studies have shown that positive citizenship outcomes are associated with giving students opportunities to explore controversial issues, in an open and supportive classroom environment. Social Science taught without teaching controversial issues will have little or no effect on students' orientation towards citizenship, social justice and community participation. The study from which this paper is drawn uses unstructured interviews as well as audio and video stimulated recall to elicit participants' understanding of controversial issues, the approaches they use to teach controversial issues in the classroom and the constraints involved. Using Leximancer software to analyse the qualitative interview data, the study concludes that although teachers' understanding of controversial issues is by no means unanimous, there is nevertheless a deep understanding that teaching controversial issues to children makes a positive difference in helping them develop into better Australian and global citizens for the 21st Century.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 30th November - 4th December 2008
Conference Details: AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference, Brisbane, Australia, 30th November - 4th December 2008
Source of Publication: AARE 2008 International Education Research Conference Proceedings
Publisher: AARE: Australian Association for Research in Education
Place of Publication: Melbourne, Australia
ISSN: 1324-9320
Field of Research (FOR): 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
130106 Secondary Education
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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