Moral Judgment in the Social Studies Classroom

Full Title: Moral Judgment in the Social Studies Classroom: How to Get Teenagers to Think (Slowly) About Right and Wrong

Tuesday 9:30 Room B-2

Presenters: Gary Shiffman, Brookline High School and Jonathan Bassett, Newton North High School

Posing moral dilemmas based on historical case studies is one of the most powerful and meaningful ways to engage students in the Social Studies classroom. But it’s not easy to do it well — so that our students actually learn how to make more thoughtful, more sensitive, and more deliberate judgments than when they began. This workshop will demonstrate a technique for structuring moral inquiry case studies that achieve that goal.

Target Audience

  • High School
  • Teacher Training
  • Administrators

Subject Area

  • U.S. History
  • World History
  • Civics/Government