Teaching controversial & sensitive issues
The teaching of Ireland and Anglo-Irish relations often raises controversial and sensitive issues.
Thus teachers of Irish history have devised strategies and practical activities to enable young people develop the skills they need as young citizens when 'faced with decisions about a wide range of issues on which people have differing, contradictory views'.
Historical Association/DfES workshop
In June 2006, Paul Bracey, UCN, outlined some of these strategies and activities to the Historical Association/DfES Workshop on Dealing with Sensitive & Controversial Issues.
|Courting controversy ||Grace O’Malley, ‘Pirate Queen’|
|Analysing propaganda & stereotypes ||Tudor conquest of Ireland |
|Coping with death & disaster ||Famine in Ireland |
|Political violence & entrenched opinions||Conflict in Northern Ireland |
for the worksheets used for activities in this workshop.