Episode 123: Contained Risk-Taking When Teaching Controversial Issues with Judy Pace

In Episode 123, Dan and Michael talk with Dr. Judy Pace about her new article published in Theory & Research in Social Education, “Contained risk-taking: Preparing preservice teachers to teach controversial issues in three countries.”

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Episode 123- Contained risk-taking When Teaching Controversial Issues

Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Pace, J. L. (2019). Contained risk-taking: Preparing preservice teachers to teach controversial issues in three countries. Theory & Research in Social Education, 47(2), 228-260.
  2. Pace, J. L. (2017/18). Preparing teachers in a divided society: Lessons from Northern Ireland. Phi Delta Kappan, 99(4), 26-32.
  3. Buy her book!: Pace, J. L. (2015). The charged classroom: Predicaments and possibilities for democratic teaching. Routledge.
  4. There are various examples of educators and scholars using the Structured Academic Controversy (SAC) model and here is one: Nathan, E., & Lee, C. K. E. (2004). Using structured academic controversies in the social studies classroom. Teaching and Learning, 25(2), 171-188.


Dr. Judith L. Pace is an education professor who uses case studies, inquiry projects, and film to challenge students to explore multiple perspectives on issues of educational justice. She does qualitative research on classroom teaching and its sociocultural and political dynamics. Her current project examines how teacher educators prepare preservice teachers for teaching controversial issues in divided societies and politically turbulent times. Recent articles include “Contained risk-taking: preparing preservice teachers to teach controversial issues in three countries” and “Preparing teachers in a divided society: Lessons from Northern Ireland.” Her forthcoming book is titled Hard Questions: Learning to Teach Controversial Issues. Professor Pace earned her doctorate of education from Harvard University where she worked on school reform efforts at Project Zero. See full biography at the University of San Francisco site.

Episode 5: Teaching Like a Pirate with Dave Burgess

In episode 5, Dan and Michael interview the pirate captain himself Dave Burgess about his big idea in education – teaching like a pirate.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess

Explore Like a PIRATE: Gamification and Game-Inspired Course Design to Engage, Enrich and Elevate Your Learners by Michael Matera

Play Like a PIRATE: Engage Students with Toys, Games, and Comics by Quinn Rollins


Contact Dave Burgess on Twitter @burgessdave or via his website or check out his consulting site if you’d like to book Dave for your school or conference. Or just catch his attention in person with a hearty, “aaaarrrggghhhh!”