ERIC Number: ED392666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
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Transformational Action as the Goal of Teaching Public Issues: Creating a Classroom Environment Where Social Action Can Flourish.
Fenwick, Tara; Parsons, Jim
This paper renews the case for social action as a necessary and exciting part of the social studies curriculum and suggests that the social study of public issues should have a central place within this vision. The document focuses more on practical ideas that social studies teachers who have chosen to work in the area of social action, or those who might choose to do so, may use to proceed with their work. To do this, the paper has drawn largely from theoretical writings on learning organizations from the business world, particularly the work of Peter Senge. The contention is that social action within a social studies classroom and corporate action within a business community share many similarities: (1) they both work towards definable goals derived from a "big picture" vision; (2) they both must take advantage of individual strengths within the community; and (3) they both work in dynamic circumstances where knowledge is constituted within action and where decisions must constantly be made and remade to respond to changes in the environment. Recommendations are for the study of public issues as a way to increase student participation and bolster citizenship education. Contains 22 references. (EH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Senge (Peter)
Note: Paper presented at a Conference on Citizenship Education: Canadian and International Dimensions (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, April 5-7, 1995).