ERIC Number: ED167467
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
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Political Education Competencies K-12.
Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Curriculum Services.
Cognitive and behavioral objectives of a K-12 political education program are outlined. Four major categories of competencies are presented: (1) understanding the essential roles of government in any society; (2) knowledge of the structure and functioning of the American government at the national, state, and local levels; (3) understanding the political process and civic participation; and (4) commitment to human rights. Within each category, competencies are suggested for primary level, intermediate level, and secondary level. Examples of primary level competencies are that students will be able to list rules observed in their families, schools, and peer groups; recognize that all governments maintain peace and order and provide services; and demonstrate willingness to cooperate and share responsibility when working in a group. Examples of intermediate level competencies are that students will be able to demonstrate the ability to locate a variety of sources of information relating to a given political issue, list qualifications for American citizenship and the ways by which aliens may become citizens, and list some positive ways in which government affects students' lives. Examples of secondary level competencies include that students will be able to identify local governmental agencies and officials and explain their functions, and analyze the conflict between national sovereignty and universal human rights. (DB)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Citizenship Responsibility, Civil Rights, Cognitive Objectives, Concept Formation, Conflict Resolution, Court Role, Decision Making, Economic Factors, Elementary Secondary Education, Government Role, Laws, Political Power, Political Science, Political Socialization, Skills, Social Studies, Voting
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg. Bureau of Curriculum Services.