ERIC Number: ED394719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
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From Understanding to Action: Citizenship Education in the Early Elementary Classroom.
Houser, Neil O.
The curricula and instructional approaches often used in elementary school classrooms, which too often avoid difficult issues, may restrict the social development needed to promote societal well-being. This problem is exacerbated in the early grades, where the discussion of controversial social issues seemingly contradicts the goal of maintaining an emotionally safe classroom environment. This paper defines the problem, discusses social development in the elementary classroom, and considers factors related to balancing safety and dissonance. A major portion of the paper examines the efforts of three teachers who have managed, each in her own way, to balance dissonance and safety in the early education classroom by: (1) addressing rather than avoiding perplexing social issues, (2) balancing social development and classroom safety, and (3) addressing social inequities through activities in the classroom. These teachers' perspectives and experiences provide a basis for discussing citizenship education in the early grades. (Contains 23 references.) (DR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Controversial Topics