ERIC Number: ED200462
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Formulating a Comprehensive Index of Political Education in Contemporary America. First Draft.
Farnen, Russell F., Jr.; And Others
Civic education in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s is examined with regard to program content and objectives, state mandated courses, national patterns, teaching methods, innovative practices, test results, and influences from the extra-educational sector. The developers state that the document may be useful for a variety of purposes such as test construction, textbook writing, curriculum and course revision, and educational planning. The document is presented in seven chapters. Chapter one discusses the scope of the study, explains why a comprehensive overview of citizen education is needed, and presents background information. Chapter two offers a brief survey of political education in the United States. Chapters three through five consist of summaries of recent trends and curriculum projects in civic/political education in elementary and secondary schools in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. Information is presented on key topics, key target groups, learning approaches, neglected areas, community influences, and intra-state patterns of social studies offerings. Chapter six identifies major themes and offers conclusions and recommendations, including that citizen/political education programs should continue to reflect America's cultural pluralism, and that educators should become more aware of the influences of the mass media, should work toward improving collection and analysis of political/citizenship educational materials, and should take into account cognitive-moral development and steps when they devise materials for specific age levels. The final chapter offers a bibliography of sources used for the 1960s indices. (DB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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