Edited by: Jane C. Lo
Foreword by: Diana E. Hess
Publication Date: January 28, 2022
For the last 2 decades, the field of social studies education has seen an increase in research on the use of discussions as an essential instructional technique. This book examines the importance of using quality dialogue as a tool to help students understand complex issues in social studies classrooms. The author provides a collection of well-known, evidence-based discussion techniques as well as classroom examples showing the methods in use. While the benefits of using discussion as an instructional method is widely considered a best practice of civic learning, actual high-quality discussions are rare and notoriously difficult to facilitate. Making Classroom Discussions Work is designed to guide teacher educators and classroom teachers in facilitating equitable and productive discussions that will boost learning and democratic engagement.
Jane C. Lo is an assistant professor of teacher education at Michigan State University.
“Theoretically, empirically, and practically, Making Classroom Discussions Work: Methods for Quality Dialogue in the Social Studies is a powerful and important book. I commend Professor Lo for bringing together such a rich collection of chapters written by some of our field’s best thinkers. If you care about the importance of high-quality discussions in social studies and also want to become a better discussion teacher, I strongly encourage you to read this book.”
—From the Foreword by Diana Hess, dean, Karen A. Falk Distinguished Chair in Education, University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education