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Diana Hess, Controversy in the Classroom

March 31st, 2009
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March 2009

University of Wisconsin Professor Diana Hess has published Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion (Routledge, 2009). The longitudinal study of high school students that is a major source of data for this book was partly funded by CIRCLE. Hess argues that planned, moderated discussions of controversial issues teach essential democratic skills. She provides research-based advice about how to define “controversial issues” and handle them in classrooms.

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27 Responses to “Diana Hess, Controversy in the Classroom”

  1. Rita Foy Moss Says:

    Congratulations, Diana!

    Much success to you on this body of research.

  2. senuke Says:

    Diana, I hope you are doing great.

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    Excellent job Diana.

    I was especially interested in the Chapter “To Disclose or Not: A Controversial Choice for Teacher”. This is something I have been struggling with recently, and I appreciated your unique perspective on it.

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    Controversy in the classroom very common.

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    Congratulations. I know you put a lot off effort into this. Well done

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    Very useful information as its often hard to deal with the more “controversial” issues in a learning environment

  10. Robert Says:

    Nice Topic and writting Keep the Good work. thamks for sharing

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    Diana, I hope you are doing great.

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    Excellent reading,some very detail chapter’s

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  13. RSS Flash Reader Says:

    If Diana and her book can get people thinking and truly understanding issues with controlled debates, I’m all for it. Sounds like a terrific idea.

  14. Mark@School Grants Says:

    Diana’s book can be a great medium in helping us understand and solve the issues we have right now. Moreover, if we’ll do our best to follow her advice, we’ll get a positive result in the long run.

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    Great article! Things have changed a lot since I was in school but the Controversy in the Classroom will probably be here for all eternity.

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  17. Makale Says:

    Its good report and interesting Working Paper on K12 Civic Education. Good Results achieved. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Texas Medical Transcription Says:

    This is some pretty good stuff about the controversy in the classroom.

  19. kurt Says:

    for what it’s worth, this book one research piece of the year for the national social studies group.

  20. van leasing Says:

    It is a really fascinating subject and a great read – many thanks!

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    To travel the world is a great way to appreciate how fundamental democratic thought processes must be encouraged, even defended. Travelling in Egypt was one of my favourite experiences in 6 months on the road.

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    Thank you Circle for funding this book. I would love to check it when I get the chance to.

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    Congrats Diana hope you have more success in the future.

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    Congratulations. I know you put a lot off effort into this. Well done

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    Controversy in classroom sounds like a good one to provide some excellent information.I must go through it to know more details about it.

  26. Eric Says:

    Congratulations Diana and well done.

  27. Acai Says:

    Good concept of the book. Congrats!!