ERIC Number: ED141262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
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Descriptors for Political Understanding: A Guide to Asking Questions about Learning Related to Political Literacy in Wisconsin Schools, K-12.
Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
This teacher-oriented guide presents information and resources for use in increasing political literacy of K-12 social studies students. The main objective of the guide is to further civic literacy through increased knowledge and understanding of political structures and processes and of effective citizen participation. Emphasis is on helping students develop skills to participate in a democratic society. The guide, presented in six sections, begins by defining the political system, legitimacy, decision-making, law, institutions, interdependence, and citizenship as basic political science concepts. In section II, the main components of citizenship education are identified as awareness of the functions of government and politics and student responsibility for determining policies important to their daily lives. Section IV lists six goals (descriptors) of political understanding as ethical responsibility, inquiry, political knowledge, school environment, larger community, and history. These descriptors are further broken down in section V into knowledge and awarenesses that students should master. Section VI suggests 25 themes as areas for study and lists concepts as appropriate for study in grades K-3, 4-6, or 7-12. The final section presents a list of ideas, resources, and addresses for classroom activities, community learning experiences, television programs, journals, books, state and national political associations and information services. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Civics, Concept Formation, Curriculum Guides, Democratic Values, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Inquiry, Learning Activities, Political Issues, Political Science, Political Socialization, Resource Materials, Skill Development, Social Studies
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.