The Benefit of an Open Classroom Climate: Strategies for Teachers to Enhance Students’ Civic Knowledge

The Benefit of an Open Classroom Climate: Strategies for Teachers to Enhance Students’ Civic Knowledge

An open classroom climate is a space that allows students to openly discuss social and political issues and express their opinions. Findings from the International Civic and Citizenship Study (ICCS) 2016 show the Grade eight students’ perceptions of classroom openness in classroom discussion is positively associated with their civic knowledge and interest in issues. Teachers can play a central role in building open classroom climates to aid student learning. Read Snippet number three for strategies on enhancing students' exposure to conflicting views and achieving an open classroom climate.