ERIC Number: ED257738
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Politics and You: An Approach to Political Education in the Elementary School. = La Politique et Toi: un Modele d'Education Politique a l'Elementaire.
Botting, D.; And Others
Contact, v12 n3 Mar 1985
Written in both English and French, this newsletter discusses how politics should be taught to elementary students. There are three major failings in the teaching of politics to elementary students: (1) concentration on the formal institutions of government and failure to teach about the concepts that underlie politics, e.g., power, authority, and justice; (2) the stress on consensus and the disregard of the importance of conflict in political life; and (3) the failure to emphasize autonomy and involvement. For an approach to political education to be effective, it must meet the following criteria. It must be appealing to students. It must be understandable. It must introduce students to and draw its material from the real world of politics, not from some idealized fantasy-land. It must encourage active participation. It must be relevant to the needs and concerns of students. It must be transferable in the sense that what students learn can be transferred to other settings beyond their classroom. The Political Education Project in Winnipeg, Canada, has attempted such a program in its course for fifth and sixth graders. (RM)
Descriptors: Civics, Comparative Education, Curriculum Problems, Educational Needs, Elementary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Foreign Countries, Grade 5, Grade 6, Politics, Program Descriptions, Relevance (Education), Student Interests, Student Motivation, Student Participation, Transfer of Training, United States Government (Course)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom; Multilingual/Bilingual Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Canada Studies Foundation, Toronto (Ontario).
Identifiers - Location: Canada