How can controversial issues be taught in the classrooms? How can school leaders manage controversy in their schools? A case study session that took place in Strasbourg on 22 June 2017 addressed these two topics.
The case study session entitled “Teaching and Managing Controversy in classrooms and schools in Europe - Practical on-line Support Tools” was organised by the European Union/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Human Rights and Democracy in Action” in the context of the Council of Europe Conference “Learning to live together : a shared commitment to democracy ” , a three day conference on the future of Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education (EDC/HRE).
The case study session focused on two tools, namely “Teaching Controversial Issues” and “Managing Controversy”, which are two of the outcomes of the projects supported by the Joint Programme “Human Rights and Democracy in Action” since 2013.
Ted Huddleston, Citizenship Foundation (United Kingdom), Bojka Djukanovic, University of Montenegro (Montenegro) and Hugo Wester, The Swedish National Agency for Education (Sweden) shared their experiences of using these tools in schools.
The facilitator of the session was Szilvia Kalman, European Commission and the rapporteur was David Kerr, Citizenship Foundation (United Kingdom).
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