ERIC Number: ED120083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Political Science and Education for the Public Service: A View from the Community College.
Carrig, Gloria L.
Reflections on the fundamental problems of teaching political science in community colleges are outlined. Facing the stark reality of a student population deficient in reading and writing skills, the teacher must make difficult concepts and material comprehensible in order to create a sense of attachment for the nation, its Constitution, laws, and institutions. The necessity for thoughtfulness about political things must overcome the constant repetition of slogans and simplistic rhetoric which is common among the under-educated community college student. The author has found the lecture-discussion technique supplemented by student dialogue debates on controversial political issues to be an effective means of imparting information in an American government course. In more difficult political theory courses, it is often necessary to greatly simplify the concepts of the political theorists being considered. To create a greater sense of public responsibility in our public servants, public administration courses in the community college must become less removed and more relevant to the things public servants actually do. For example, since police officers often encounter situations involving Constitutional rights, a relevant community college course should involve a study of the development of Constitutional law. Not only would courses of this nature prepare students to be better citizens, but they would also instill public responsibility in our public servants. (Author/DE)
Descriptors: Citizenship Responsibility, Community Colleges, Course Descriptions, Educational Problems, Higher Education, Instructional Innovation, Political Attitudes, Political Science, Political Socialization, Public Administration Education, Public Service Occupations, Relevance (Education), Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association (San Francisco, California, September 1975)