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ERIC Number: ED349209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Understanding California State Government. A Guide for High School Teachers: Preparing To Be Effective Citizens in California.
California Council for the Social Studies.
Developed for California high school teachers, this guide is designed to help them clarify the role of the state government and improve students' understanding of the democratic process through their acquisition of knowledge, skills and attitudes. The guide provides the tools necessary to help students inform themselves about: current economic, demographic, agricultural, industrial, and political conditions; implications of the forces for change; governmental structure; issues directly affecting young people; and procedures to make government responsive to the needs of the people. The guide contains five chapters: (1) "The Special Challenge of Governing California"; (2) "The Structure of California Government"; (3) "Government Decision-Making in California: Politics, Lobbyists, and the Press; (4) "The Legislator's Dilemma: The Ideal and the Reality of Decision Making"; and (5) "Making Government Work for You." Each chapter includes a narrative summary, a reading from primary sources and other supplementary materials that stimulate thought and discussion, topics for student research, and activities for the classroom. The activities are those that have been successfully used by California teachers in the classroom. A glossary and a 14-item bibliography also are included. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: California Council for the Social Studies.