London Branch Seminar

Teaching, direction and warranted assertion.  Reframing the debate on the definition of controversial issues  
Jeremy Hayward (UCL IOE)

5.30-7.15 pm
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 “Climate change is real and is caused by humans.”  Teachers assert many things, but what warrants these assertions and what norms govern them?  In the philosophy of education academics have debated the definition of a ‘controversial issue’ – on which hinges whether a teacher should be ‘directive’ (or not) in their teaching.  Beyond the field of education, there is a broader epistemic debate surrounding the norms and warrants of everyday assertion.  This talk draws on both discourses to flesh out a skeletal theory of teacher assertion which frames the teacher as a spokesperson of an academic community.
Jeremy Hayward is a former teacher and has been a lecturer at the Institute of Education, UCL since 2002.   He was course leader for the Citizenship PGCE for many years and is now the route leader for the MA Citizenship Education and leads the popular Teaching Controversial Issues module.  Jeremy has published a wide range of successful textbooks in the areas of Philosophy and Citizenship education.  He works closely with teachers, both at the Institute of Education and in schools, and has recently published national guidance on the handling of conspiracy theories in the classroom:
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