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Teaching Controversial Political Issues in the Age of Social Media
Research from Israel

  • Available for pre-order on May 19, 2023. Item will ship after June 9, 2023
ISBN 9781032265995
June 9, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Using Israel as a case study, this book examines teachers’ approaches to Controversial Political Issues (CPI) in the classroom.

The book focuses on the democratic responsibilities that teachers face in an era where social media use is ubiquitous, and polarization and fake news are increasingly common. Presenting original research on the topic and developing a pedagogical framework for dealing with controversial issues in a sensitive and effective manner, this accessible volume highlights social-emotional learning approaches and considers a broad definition of CPI to include issues of racism, religion, political differences, multiculturalism and Jewish-Arab relations. Using the results of an in-depth research project foregrounding personal experience, the book explores situational accounts of teachers from a diverse range of subject disciplines and different minority-majority group settings to present comparative evidence from European contexts.

Offering concrete suggestions for ways of dealing with controversial political issues and volatile remarks that are grounded in research, this timely book will be highly relevant for researchers, students and educators in the fields of social studies, democratic and peace education, citizenship education, , race and education, and educational politics.

Table of Contents

1. The benefits of CPI  2. The Israeli context  3. Alone in the forefront: Challenges in teaching CPI in the era of polarization and social media  4. What stops teachers from talking about CPI?  5. Teachers in different political and cultural contexts  6. Teachers’ professional identities and role dilemmas  7. Teachers’ emotional role in CPI discussions  8. Understanding the students: A developmental approach  9. Recommended strategies for effectively handling CPI  10. Summary and conclusions

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Rakefet Erlich Ron is Head of the Honors Program, and Leadership in Cross-Cultural Teaching, Beit Berl College, Israel.

Shahar Gindi is Senior Lecturer in Faculty of Education, Beit Berl Academic College, Israel.