Controversy in the Classroom
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Published: 11/18/2009
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Description/Abstract: Book Talk: Controversy in the Classroom, Thursday, 6/4, 4-6pm


Diana E. Hess, Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and Principal Investigator at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, School of Education, University of Wisconsin will speak on her latest publication, Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion (Routledge, 2009). The book addresses three broad themes: The Case for Controversial Political Issues; Inside Classrooms; and Controversy in the Curriculum. She bases her theories on empirical research drawn from classrooms across the country, showing how and why schools have the power to be influential sites for democratic education better sites, in fact, than most other venues inhabited by young people. One chapter is dedicated to September 11 as the “ultimate teachable moment”, as it examines the use of supplementary materials and textbooks in dealing with the topics of terrorism and religious extremism.

Diana Hess is a leading expert on controversial issues in education, and she is teaching a course, A&HW4043A, “Controversial Issues and the Secondary Classroom,” this summer in the Social Studies program at Teachers College. The author of numerous journal articles and books, her research interests include the social studies, democratic education, classroom discourse, and the teaching of legal and constitutional cases and issues in schools. Her work has been published in Social Education, Teachers College Record, Journal of Curriculum and Supervision, Theory and Research in Social Education, and Teacher Education, among other sources. She earned her Ph.D from the University of Washington.

This book talk is sponsored by the program in the Teaching of Social Studies and the Gottesman Libraries. Book sales and signing will be conducted prior to the talk in the Social Studies Office, 420 Zankel Building.

Where: 305 Russell