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Thursday, February 6 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Teaching Controversial Issues

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Are you nervous about teaching contentious or controversial issues and divergent perspectives in your classroom? We can help! This session reports on a federally-funded project to equip teachers with tools to engage with "hot topics" in a way that allows students and teachers to dialogue across difference. You will learn how to apply research from experimental social psychology in your classroom to de-escalate (and perhaps even prevent) defensive reactions arising from "worldview threat." This approach has been shown to not only decrease conflict, but also to increase student: engagement, inquiry, and critical thinking. We will also reveal how this framework can serve as a lens to understand conflict studied as part of the social studies curriculum (e.g., colonization, genocide, internment).

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Francesca Catena

Francesca Catena is a masters student in the Faculty of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. She has also received her bachelor's of Secondary Education from the University of Alberta, with a major in Social Studies and a minor in French. She is currently exploring feminist... Read More →
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Kim Edmondson

Kim Edmondson has been teaching high school social studies for almost fifteen years. She is currently a graduate student in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. Her graduate research includes the study of feminist pedagogy, democratic education, psychoanalysis... Read More →
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Nick Jacobs

Nick Jacobs is a PhD student in Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. Nick works as a psychotherapist focusing on themes of healthy masculinity and individual growth from an analytical psychology perspective. As a researcher, Nick is interested in the nature of death... Read More →
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Cathryn van Kessel

Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Cathryn van Kessel is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta in Secondary Social Studies Education. As a secondary school teacher, Cathryn taught junior and senior high social studies and Latin for a decade, and now teaches social studies curriculum and instruction classes... Read More →

Thursday February 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm
Westin: Saskatchewan Rm 10135 100 St NW
  • Chairperson Christy Haggarty - Parkland #10
  • Room Details Workshop Max Capacity - 210
  • Grade Focus 7-12
  • Tags English
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