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Teaching Controversial Issues

Revised and updated, with practical strategies for both in and out of the classroom.
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Young people frequently face making decisions about a wide range of issues on which there are many different views. Issues like sexuality, religion, bullying, and war can provoke strong, varied and often contradictory responses.

This revised and updated version of Oxfam's popular guide recognises the seismic shifts in social and political contexts in recent years. It seeks to support educators in developing essential skills that allow learners to constructively discuss their own values and ideas, and develop as active global citizens.


  • Teaching Controversial Issues (701kB)

    This guide explores the value of taking a global citizenship approach to teaching about controversial issues. It includes guidance, classroom strategies and practical teaching activities.