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Teaching controversial issues in the classroom is now more urgent and fraught than ever as we confront a global pandemic, extremism, racism, environmental disaster, and economic crises. Despite evidence that teaching controversy is critical, educators often avoid it Pace (2021). How then can we prepare and support teachers to undertake this essential, but difficult work?
Hard Questions: Learning to Teach Controversial Issues, based on a cross-national qualitative study, examines teacher educators’ efforts to prepare preservice teachers for teaching controversial issues that matter for democracy, justice, and human rights. It presents four detailed cases of teacher preparation in three politically divided societies: Northern Ireland, England, and the United States via case studies.

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Chairs and Discussant

Gary Beauchamp, Professor

Professor of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University

Gary Beauchamp is Professor of Education in the School of Education at Cardiff Metropolitan University. He was Director of Research from 2009-2020. Gary worked for many years as a primary school teacher, before moving into higher education, where...

Lorna Hamilton, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Edinburgh

Having worked as an English teacher and as a primary teacher, I draw on substantial experience in schools to inform my teaching. I am also passionate about educational research and the ways in which research can help inform teaching and learning...

Lizana Oberholzer

Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education at University of Wolverhampton

Lizana Oberholzer is a senior lecturer in teacher education and programme lead for the leadership in education MA at the Cass School of Education and Communities at the University of East London. She is passionate about teacher development and...

Aileen Kennedy, Dr

Professor Of Practice at University of Strathclyde

Aileen is Professor of Practice in Teacher Education at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, where she is currently the Director of Teacher Education.  Aileen’s research focuses on how teachers learn, and the policy context within which...


Judith Pace, Professor

Teacher Education at University of San Francisco

Dr. Judith Pace is a professor in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the University of San Francisco’s School of Education. Her research examines the connections between democracy education and classroom relationships, teaching, and...

Lee Jerome, Dr

Middlesex University

Dr Lee Jerome is associate professor of education at Middlesex University, where he is course leader for the MA childhood and education in diverse societies. He explores three main themes in his research and writing: citizenship education,...