ERIC Number: ED211516
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
A Developmental Curriculum Model for Citizenship Education.
McPhie, Walter E.
A curriculum model is presented for the development of competent citizens. The foundation of the model is not courses or disciplines but, rather, the characteristics of good citizens. These characteristics are identified in terms of understandings, attitudes, skills, and behaviors that are desirable in citizens if they are to promote unity, liberty, justice, and the general welfare and tranquility of their society, and if they are to be prepared to defend it. A demonstration is offered of how these characteristics might be selected and of how they may be divided into teaching objectives that will develop and strengthen these characteristics in students. A demonstration is given of how information derived from four developmental theories might be used to sequence the objectives in instruction. While it is assumed that traditional teaching methods would be used, emphasis should be placed on activities which involve students in practicing democratic skills and behaviors. Some recommendations are made for evaluative procedures which would be appropriate for this model. It is pointed out that the model is not of a course or unit of study but that the objectives fall naturally into existing courses in the curriculum. (JD)
Descriptors: Behavior Patterns, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Curriculum Design, Democratic Values, Developmental Programs, Developmental Stages, Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Moral Values, Social Attitudes, Social Values
Not available separately; see SP 019 382.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Symposium "Education and Contemporary America" of the Boise State University School of Education (2nd, Boise, ID, October 8-10, 1981).