ERIC Number: ED063180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Civic Education in a Crisis Age: An Alternative to Repression and Revolution.
Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Center for Research and Education in American Liberties.
This report describes a 21-month research project, the overall goal of which was to develop behavioral objectives and guidelines for a civics curriculum for the 1970's. The project staff first set out to learn whether secondary school students were concerned with greater participation in institutional decision making, and to consider the implications of student responses to the project goal. Approximately 7,000 junior and senior high school students were given an open ended questionnaire that asked them to describe a dilemma in democracy with which they were personally acquainted. The principal findings of the survey were that a large majority of students feel they are regularly subjected to undemocratic decisions, and that most of these students perceive their schools as essentially undemocratic. Drawing on these results, the project drew up a Manual of Objectives and Guidelines for High School Civic Education. It focuses on democratic decision making as the heart of an appropriate civic education, and sets out ten objectives that define an operating code of democratic citizenship. The manual also provides guidelines that identify ideal points in the educational sequence at which civic competence should be stressed. (A copy of the questionnaire, and lists of objectives and guidelines from the Manual are included in the report.)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Center for Research and Education in American Liberties.