The Role of Ethical Judgements in the Social Studies Classroom with Dr. Lindsay Gibson

In this episode, pre-service teachers Nicholas Eng and Jennifer Butler from the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education, are joined by Dr. Lindsay Gibson, an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia. The discussion centres on Dr. Gibson’s 2019 article, Ethical Judgments About the Difficult Past: Observations from the Classroom: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.4324/9781315110646-6/ethical-judgments-difficult-past-lindsay-gibson

Together, the three of us explore the importance of ethical judgements in the classroom, whether focused on the internment of Japanese-Canadians during the Second World War or other difficult histories. In the polarized world that exists today, we discuss how to balance out the limitless perspectives that can show up in a classroom and how teachers can engage in rich discussions whilst maintaining an open classroom environment. The discussion then shifts to effective methods for teaching history with an emphasis on the ways historical thinking can help students engage in the kinds of questions, processes, and procedures historians take up in their work.

Dr. Lindsay Gibson’s faculty page:
https://edcp.educ.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/lindsay-gibson/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ls_gibson

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