ERIC Number: ED275574
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun-19
Reference Count: 0
Citizenship Education through the Eyes of Elementary School Principals.
Tucker, Jan L.
Citizenship education is commonly accepted as the ultimate goal of the social studies, yet the professional preparation of school administrators devotes little attention to civic learning. The status of citizenship education as reported by elementary school principals in the Dade County, Florida public schools was investigated. The first major finding was that there were major differences in the priorities assigned by the elementary school principals to each of the four dimensions of citizenship education. The moral and ethical dimension and the dimension of interpersonal understandings were rated consistently as high priorities whereas the enculturation and citizenship participation dimensions received much lower ratings overall. The second major finding was that the conduct of citizenship education in the schools was overwhelmingly perceived by the elementary principals as comprised of extra-curricular activities. The principals showed barely any recognition of the role of the formal social studies curricula in achieving the goals of citizenship education. The results of this study appear to confirm the claim by Shaver (1985) that elementary school principals did not have sufficient understanding of the knowledge base in the social sciences as it related to citizenship education to provide more than the rudiments of a citizenship education program. (BZ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Researchers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Social Science Education Consortium (Palo Alto, CA, June 19, 1986).