Teaching Cafe: Teaching Controversial Issues: Framing Issues and Choosing Pedagogical Approaches

Oct. 30 | 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. in Malloy 230
Oct. 31 | 12–1 p.m. in UC 402/403

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Conflicts in the U.S. and abroad are making educators pay increasing attention to how we teach controversial issues in ways that cultivate inquiry, critical thinking, and political consciousness. This teaching cafe grows out of last year’s Faculty Learning Community on the same topic. The cafe will focus on how to frame controversies we want to explore with students, and how to choose pedagogical approaches to teach them. It will address questions such as the following: Is a particular issue open or is it settled? Is it empirical or normative? What kinds of questions will frame the issue so that students examine multiple perspectives on it? The cafe will also address how to choose pedagogical methods to use in class, for example, structured academic controversy, case study, role play, and more. On Oct. 30, the cafe will be led by Judy Pace (Teacher Education) and Karen Bouwer (Modern and Classical Languages). On October 31, it will be led by Judy Pace and Michelle LaVigne (Rhetoric & Language). We hope faculty from various disciplines and departments will join us!