Investigating current issues—environmental to international, health to gender, and education to law—helps students to develop critical thinking skills and, even more importantly, to turn them into informed citizens capable of responsibly making the decisions that will dictate our future.
Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society brings important issues in today’s world to students’ attention, highlighting the complete historical background, contemporary status, and global view of each. It provides students authoritative context, diverse expert perspectives, and carefully selected primary and secondary sources for truly understanding the issues that currently affect much of our global society, and for developing informed positions on those engendering controversy.
- Houses more than 7,300 primary and secondary sources, including 4,900 photos and illustrations and 160 audio and video recordings
- Supports inquiry lessons by focusing on questions such as “Should the right to bear arms be restricted?”; “Do corporations have an obligation to act in a socially responsible manner?”; and "How has foreign intervention affected the situation in the Middle East?”
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"The ease of use makes this a great tool for social science instruction as well as debate preparation."
"Not only is Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society very useful for exploring current issues for social studies and English courses and research papers, it is also helpful for selecting and preparing for debate topics."
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"This resource lets subscribers explore an issue . . . complete with a detailed Overview, Timeline, Facts & Figures, Current View & Outlook, questions for Discussion, and several Primary Sources. . . . Authoritative writing and accessibility are this product's key attributes."
"The Wayne School district has adopted a thematic curriculum for the teaching of World and US History. As a result of this curriculum shift, we have decided not to rely on a textbook as the primary instrument for instruction. In this age of digital technology, we have found that there are many wonderful digital resources that students and teachers can utilize to enrich the learning experience. One of the best is ABC-CLIO. We find their databases of information to be rich in primary source materials, their readings to be clear and concise, and their videos, graphs, and charts very engaging. Furthermore, the ABC-CLIO databases are easy to navigate for students and teachers. Searches are easily obtained including advance searches. ABC-CLIO even provides stimulating lessons and discussion points to further enhance the classroom experience. We are very happy with their product including their support services. I would recommend ABC-CLIO to any school district looking to move their curriculum into the 21st century."
2007 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE) - Social Studies Website — ComputEd Gazette
2007 Distinguished Achievement Award — AEP
2007 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) - Social Studies — ComputEd Gazette
2008 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE)—Social Studies Web Site — ComputEd Gazette
2008 Education Software Review Award (EDDIE) — ComputEd Gazette
2008 Award of Excellence — Tech and Learning
2013 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE) — ComputEd Gazette
2016 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE) - Social Studies Website — ComputEd Gazette