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ERIC Number: ED137170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 18
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Citizenship Needs: A Review.
Davis, Robbie G.
The status of citizenship education in American public elementary and secondary schools is discussed and suggestions are made for curriculum development. Although administrators rank citizenship education as a high priority, research shows it is given minimal attention in elementary grades and inadequate coverage in high school. Students must be prepared for reflective and effective political participation in society. One way of achieving citizenship participation, individual development, and an informed citizenry is to make citizenship content relevant to current issues in student life. Teachers and society in general are accused of overprotecting students from controversial issues, thereby inhibiting their self-actualization. In our highly mobile, spatially divided society, self-actualized students who are given an adequate orientation about citizens' rights and responsibilities could discharge their civic duties in a responsible manner. Results of three studies are summarized to point out the low awareness level of teenagers and young adults about government structure and individual rights. Suggestions for curriculum development stress an action-centered approach in programs which use learning environments outside the classroom, provide students with experiences in dealing with conflict, and have affective as well as cognitive objectives. (AV)
Publication Type: Books
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