ERIC Number: ED076444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Politics and Participation. An Alternative Approach to the Study of Politics and Government in Senior High Schools. Occasional Paper No. 4.
Gillespie, Judith A.; Glenn, Allen D.
This paper is a working model for a new one- or two-semester civics education program for high school students. The paper is divided into four major sections. Part I treats existing civics programs and explains how the Politics and Participation Program seeks to correct two general problems facing the schools and civic education - 1) it attempts to develop a civics course that enables a student to develop some explanatory generalizations about the operation, organization and interaction of a political system; and 2) it seeks to allow the student to participate in the school community for the clarification of abstract political concepts through concrete experience. Part 2 presents the analytical framework that guides the course content and explains how the major political concepts of the framework may be used to answer relevant questions; Part 3 focuses on the basic learning activities of the program; and Part 4 sets forth a general outline of the course. The purpose of this new course is: to offer students a systematic framework for studying various political questions; to teach them the skills necessary to use the analytical framework; to use the school as a laboratory for practical experience; and to give them opportunities to participate responsibly in the life of the school. (FDI)
Descriptors: Civics, Comparative Analysis, Concept Formation, Course Descriptions, Curriculum Development, Experiential Learning, Grade 11, Grade 12, Instructional Innovation, Laboratory Training, Political Science, Public Affairs Education, Secondary Education, Social Systems, Student Participation, Systems Approach, Teaching Methods, United States Government (Course)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington. High School Curriculum Center in Government.