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Author Williams, John A., 1935-

Title Classroom in conflict : teaching controversial subjects in a diverse society / John A. Williams
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, [1994]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 204 pages)
Series SUNY series, the philosophy of education
SUNY series in philosophy of education.
Contents One classroom: an introduction -- Conflicting views of the classroom revolution -- The teacher's pitch and the student audience -- Insiders and outsiders -- The colonizer and the colonized -- The uses of comparative history -- Teaching a racially sensitive subject -- On understanding the South African freedom struggle -- Imperialism -- Nationalism and racism: the keywords -- Structures of argument in African history -- The other: the problem of authenticity -- The world context of American pluralism -- Learning in the pluralist classroom -- The rules of discussion -- In pursuit of pluralism
Summary "This book transcends recent debates about political correctness to address the underlying problems of teaching controversial subjects in the college and university history classroom. The author criticizes both sides of the debate, rejecting, on the one hand, calls for a uniform, chronological history curriculum and, on the other hand, claims that only ethnic or racial "insiders" are qualified to teach about their communities." "In chapters on colonial, comparative, and African history, Williams applies the concept of "Gandhian truth" to historical subjects, moving through tentative and flexible perspectives to achieve a complex picture of historical episodes. And in chapters on imperialism, nationalism, racism, and the problem of "the other," he discusses the difficult and contingent nature of conceptual language. In the second half of the book, he addresses framing rules of discussion by which sensitive issues can be discussed with diverse audiences, the relationship of American pluralism to a world perspective, and what can be accomplished through an education in pluralism."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 181-198) and index
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Subject College teaching -- Social aspects -- United States -- Case studies.
Educational sociology -- United States -- Case studies.
History -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Social aspects -- United States.
Multiculturalism -- United States -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585044996 (electronic bk.)
9780585044996 (electronic bk.)