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ERIC Number: ED088739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
Pages: 12
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The Status of Civics in the Arkansas Public Secondary Schools.
Jones, C. Clyde
A survey conducted in Arkansas gathered information pertinent to the status of civics. The purpose was to develop a model teacher training program for civics teachers in the Arkansas public secondary schools and to propose revisions in the certification requirements. The survey obtained general information about civics including curriculum data, adequacy of teacher preparation, and the attitudes of social science teachers toward civics. A five-question survey was administered to teachers of civics in 198 secondary schools, selected at random, with each school size represented proportionally. Data gathered on the size of schools where civics is taught, a summary of academic majors and minors of participants, and the average number of hours taken in political science are tabulated and analyzed. In a summary analysis of the survey, the following observations are made: civics is taught in 95% of the Arkansas public secondary schools and is required in two-thirds of them; teacher preparation is inadequate; most teachers consider themselves qualified but believe more hours in political science should be required for future teacher certification; additional hours in political science with more practical orientation are needed; the selection of textbooks is out-dated and limited. Recommendations based on the data conclude the study. (Author/KSM)
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Identifiers - Location: Arkansas