ERIC Number: ED351266
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
"Just What is a Good Citizen?" Political Literacy and the Implications for Teachers of History.
This paper begins by reviewing public reports on citizenship education for pre-service teachers, experienced teachers, and school students that were issued in Australia during the 1980s. The reports show a nationwide push toward a greater emphasis on political literacy. Because of this emphasis, it is important to discuss the role history teachers can and should play in this movement. For a study of student teachers at a university in Victoria, a questionnaire was administered to a random sample of student teachers, and results were compiled for the total student cohort and for the history method student teachers. Students were given questionnaires designed to test their factual knowledge about politics and questions designed to explore their attitudes about the role of teachers in taking political or social action and in educating students for political literacy. It was found that the students in general had poor knowledge of politics, and that history/social education student teachers fared somewhat better. It also was found that the student teachers generally equated the political literacy of students with knowledge about institutions, and did not think it proper for teachers to use their role to engage in social or political action. For the sake of the future of the humanities, and history in particular, in Australia, is important to address the issues of the political literacy and the training and proper role of history teachers in that county and to do so quickly. A 12-item list of references is included. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Australia; Political Literacy
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the History Teachers' Association of Australia (Adelaide, Australia, September, 1992).