ERIC Number: ED252449
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
"Wee Folk" and Citizenship Education: A Rationale.
McGowan, Thomas M.; Godwin, Charles M.
Features of an effective citizenship program for primary grade children are discussed. The primary school years are an ideal time to nurture the basic skills and values so important for constructive social decision making. The principal feature of an effective citizenship learning program for young children is an activist, child-centered instructional environment that permits children to investigate and generate rather than to listen and regurgitate. A second necessary feature for an effective program is the selection of content that is relatively familiar to young students. Youngsters should encounter situations that are recognizable and understandable; but at the same time they should not be totally comfortable in these situations. A third feature of an effective citizenship program is a strong emphasis on skills development; research, literacy, interpersonal, problem-solving, and process and thinking skills should be taught. With the development of effective citizenship programs, the social studies community will contribute tremendously to the effort to provide the nation with the generation of informed social decision makers needed in the decades ahead. (RM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (64th, Washington, DC, November 15-19, 1984). For related learning activities, see SO 016 084.