ERIC Number: ED177035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Developing Your Child's Citizenship Competence: A Parent's Guide.
Turner, Mary Jane
As part of the Basic Citizenship Competencies Project, this guide is intended for parents and suggests ways to assess what they can do to help their children practice and develop competent civic behavior. The objective of the entire project is to assist educators, parents, and community leaders in identifying basics, clarifying goals, making assessments, and developing action plans related to citizenship education. The guide is designed to help parents consider the problem of promoting good citizenship in a systematic manner, using a common vocabulary and a common set of guiding principles. The guide defines citizenship as comprised of "the rights, responsibilities, and tasks associated with governing the various groups to which a person belongs." It also states that "citizenship education must involve learning and instruction directed to the development of citizen competence." Seven basic competencies are listed and discussed: acquiring and using information about political situations; assessing one's own involvement and stake in political situations; making thoughtful decisions regarding group governance and problems of citizenship; developing and using standards to make judgments; communicating ideas; cooperating and working with others to achieve mutual goals; and working with bureaucratic institutions in order to promote and protect one's interests and values. The document recommends that parents provide learning experiences at home offering practice in citizenship behavior. Two checklists are appended suggesting ways parents can promote citizenship education at home and helping them assess the quality of citizenship education in the school. (CK)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Mershon Center.
Note: For related documents, see SO 011 968-973; Competency checklists may not reproduce clearly in paper copy from EDRS due to small print type of original document