Controversies in the Classroom

Romano, Michael
February 2012
Science Teacher;Feb2012, Vol. 79 Issue 2, p14
Academic Journal
The article offers suggestions for teaching and encouraging discussion about controversial science topics. Recommendations include creating clear goals for the lesson, being well-versed in the issue before teaching it, gaining permission from administration and parents if necessary, and assessing student's grasp of the topic with reports, tests, or in-class debates. The importance of respecting individual views of students and creating a comfortable atmosphere for discussion is also emphasized.


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