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Teaching and learning with controversial issues in diverse postsecondary classrooms

Black and white photo of lecture hall seatingPhoto of Christina Parker, Principal Investigator

Grant recipients:

Christina Parker, Social Development Studies, Renison University College

(Project timeline: May 2018-April 2019)


Drawing on qualitative and quantitative methods, this project examines how postsecondary students engage in classroom discussions about controversial topics, related to social, political, and cultural issues, and how instructors’ pedagogies facilitate healthy and inclusive engagement during the discussion of contentious and sensitive social issues. Studying such educational programming in relation to various groups of interdisciplinary postsecondary students will bring voice to students’ experiences with how conflict and diversity are taken up in various contexts. The research involves understanding how students’ experiences with discussions about controversial issues, and instructors’ choices in how they facilitate them.

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