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Teaching Controversial Topics in the Classroom:  Maximizing Benefits and Minimizing Risks. Janine Duncan, PhD, co-presenter Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Fontbonne University April 14, 2014. Concerns for Examining Issues. Personal Opinion Anti-Intellectual Environment

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Teaching controversial topics in the classroom maximizing benefits and minimizing risks

Teaching Controversial Topics in the Classroom:  Maximizing Benefits and Minimizing Risks

Janine Duncan, PhD, co-presenter

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Fontbonne University

April 14, 2014


Concerns for examining issues
Concerns for Examining Issues Benefits and Minimizing Risks

  • Personal Opinion

  • Anti-Intellectual Environment

  • Fear

  • Parker Palmer

    • Promote others’ identity

    • Seek, promote harmony

    • Chaos leads to creativity

    • Emergence of new life, ideas

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What it means to be educated
What it Means to be Educated? Benefits and Minimizing Risks

Be Changed.


Becoming an educated person
Becoming an Educated Person** Benefits and Minimizing Risks

We need to be open to those who are not like us.

We need to think about the culture in which we live.

We need to use new ideas to understand and communicate . . . as we move to new times and places.

We need to listen to those outside our community to hear . . . their perspectives.

We need to exercise reason.

**(Based on principles of Catholic Intellectual Tradition)


Creating an environment of rapport

The Benefits and Minimizing RisksWorld Café: Shaping Our Futures Through Conversations That Matter

Brown, J. &Issacs, D. (2005)

Creating an Environment of Rapport


Sue james 2014 ai consulting

The 4 Ds—A Benefits and Minimizing RisksCommunication Process: Appreciative Inquiry (AI)

Sue James (2014), AI Consulting

AI is a process that allows individuals to focus on positive, life-giving conversations rather than focusing on the negative.


Ai applied to family consumer sciences

Define Topic Benefits and Minimizing Risks

Discover New ideas

Dream what might be

Design

Deliver

Define the situation

Discover the different meanings

Offer possibilities

Inform our own practice

Transform us

AI Applied to Family & Consumer Sciences


Creating an environment of inquiry
Creating an Environment of Inquiry Benefits and Minimizing Risks

Critical Science Perspectives

  • A Philosophical Framework for Social Critique

    • Offers “lenses” that promote questions surrounding

      • The Common Good

      • Democratic Practices

      • Emancipative Action/Praxis

  • In Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS)

    • Introduced by Marjorie Brown (1985)


Creating an environment of inquiry important fcs perspectives
Creating an Environment of Inquiry: Benefits and Minimizing RisksImportant FCS Perspectives

  • Perennial Problems and Evolving Problems

  • Practical Reasoning Skills—

    • examine the values, means, and consequences for addressing human problems through various perspectives

    • Relies on the learned ability to pose questions:

      • not simply to identify the facts of the matter,

      • uncover the potential for “false consciousness,”

        • revealing contradictory perspectives

        • how misconceptions are socially perpetuated

        • “offer an alternative interpretation” plausible to learners.


Creating an environment of inquiry1
Creating an Environment of Inquiry Benefits and Minimizing Risks


Teaching controversial topics in the classroom maximizing benefits and minimizing risks
Case Study Use in Education Benefits and Minimizing RisksWasserman, S. (2004). This Teaching Life, p. 125-143, New York: Teachers College Press

  • Teachers must:

  • demonstrate an appreciation for individual frames/perspectives

  • Need to be comfortable with uncertainty

  • Teach students how to:

    • Communicate effectively

    • Critically examine issues

    • Make informed decisions

    • Respect different views, attitudes, beliefs

  • Case study questions:

    • Data gathering

    • Analysis questions

    • Values identification

    • Evaluative judgments

    • Calls for plans of actions


Everything is controversial

Remember: Benefits and Minimizing Risks

The world was once understood to be flat, not round.

Everything is Controversial!


Duncan s summary
Duncan’s Summary Benefits and Minimizing Risks

  • Develop a culture of rapport and respect

  • Develop an intellectual environment founded on

    • Disciplinary philosophy and theories

    • Principles of effective dialogue

    • Principles of CST and CIT

  • Trust yourself

    • Develop comfort with uncertainty

    • Redirect students toward data (exercise reasoning skills)

    • Redirect students toward intellectual purposes of university

    • Remind students of classroom culture


Thank you for listening
Thank you for listening— Benefits and Minimizing Risks

Questions/comments?