How Can Educators Prepare for Teaching Controversial Issues? Cross-National Lessons

Sep 01, 2021 | by
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A report from the National Council for the Social Studies offers educators a research-based approach to teaching controversial issues known as "contained risk-taking," which encourages inquiry and discussion while proactively addressing risks. Funded by the the Spencer Foundation, the report, How Can Educators Prepare for Teaching Controversial Issues? Cross-National Lessons, outlines the framework and its eight components: cultivate a supportive environment; prepare thoroughly; think through the teacher's stance and roles; communicate proactively with parents, other teachers, and administrators; carefully select timing, framing, and authentic issues; choose creative resources and group activities that allow many voices to be heard and align with the discussion issues and students' identities; guide the discussion and facilitate exchanges among students; and provide a space to process emotions.

How Can Educators Prepare for Teaching Controversial Issues? Cross-National Lessons