Teaching with Controversial Topics: A Theoretical and Practical Guide for Educators

Overview: In an increasingly aware and critical environment, topics with any level of controversy are being skirted or abandoned completely leaving today’s students with a shallow understanding of some of the most important discussions. This book seeks to address the need, even the necessity, of teaching with controversial subjects so that students are emboldened to ask important questions, and seek important answers; so that teachers may model and support the same depth of exploration to these topics as to other, less controversial subjects. Submissions are sought in a variety of formats and across all content areas. Authors outside of traditional education areas are encouraged to participate.

Target audience:
In-service and pre-service educators; teacher preparation program faculty; research faculty in the area of pedagogy, sociology, and history of education. Contributing authors may consider:

  • Specific controversial topics and their place in PK-12 education 
  • Case studies of effective usage of controversial topics 
  • Lesson study of actual curricula utilizing controversial topics
  • Theoretical support for the necessity of controversy to advance quality education
  • Research on outcomes of usage and/or avoidance of controversial topics
  • Position papers for/against the use of controversial topics in the PK-12 classroom
  • Comparative analysis of depth of learning of controversial topics 
  • Framework for preparation and implementation of controversial topic lessons

This is not an exhaustive list. Interested authors are encouraged to submit chapters they believe to be appropriate to this text. Questions regarding submissions should be directed to the editors. 
Editors: David D. Timony and Craig Stutman
Accepted formats: Case study, meta-analysis, practical teaching methods, position papers, theoretical and research papers. 

Submission procedures:
Authors should submit two separate documents as attachments to a single email in Microsoft Word format to controversy@delval.edu.

Document 1
Name of each author
CV of each author

Document 2: must be clear of all references to the submitting authors
Chapter title
Abstract: 150 - 250 words 
Keywords: 3 - 5 keywords 

Depending on submission type, manuscripts may range from a minimum of 2,000 words to a maximum of 6,000 words inclusive of references.

Manuscripts must adhere to the APA Style guide, 6th edition.

All submissions must be original work and exclusive to this text. Reprints, partial works, and derivative portions of larger works will be rejected.  Authors of accepted chapters agree to exclusive copyright and publication rights to the editors for the purpose of all editions of this text. Future author submissions and reprints of accepted chapters in other publications are at the sole discretion of the editors of this text.