ERIC Number: ED253463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Teaching about the United States Constitution. ERIC Digest No. 12.
Robinson, Sheryl B.
This publication was prepared as a resource guide to teaching strategies that help students understand the background, nature, and pervasive influence of the U.S. Constitution in the lives of every citizen. As the Constitutional Bicentennial approaches, the focus in many social studies classes increasingly will be on teaching about this most important document. Results from two recent textbook evaluation studies showed that the treatment of the Constitution in U.S. history, government, and civics textbooks is inadequate and incomplete. Because they lack in-depth coverage of the Constitution, textbooks should be used as part of a larger group of resources that include many types of supplementary materials. Supplementary curricula developed by projects commemorating the Constitution are described. In addition, brief descriptions are provided of on-going projects dealing with the Constitution that are funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. An annotated listing of ERIC documents dealing with the Constitution is also included. The documents fall into the categories of law-related education, citizenship education, and student participation or community involvement. (RM)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, Educational Needs, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials, Legal Education, Program Descriptions, Resource Materials, School Community Relationship, Social Studies, Student Participation, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, United States Government (Course), United States History
ERIC/ChESS, 855 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers: United States Constitution