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'We're Going to Have to be Careful With This One': The Attitudes and Perceptions of Student History Teachers in Relation to Teaching Controversial Topics

Author(s) Woolley, M., & Wragg, T.  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2007  
Editor Ross, A. (ed) Citizenship Education in Society  
Language English  
Age group -  
This paper reports on research into the attitudes and perceptions of beginning history teachers in relation to teaching controversial and sensitive issues. In April 2007 a UK Department of Education and Skills/ Historical Association report suggested some teachers were avoiding controversial topics in the history classroom.. 32 beginning teachers completed the questionnaire and six were interviewed at the beginning of the PGCE courses. Early findings show the students are unanimous in their desire to teach controversial topics, even when they might conflict with parental or cultural views. However, students showed differences in their approach to teaching such topics.

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