ERIC Number: ED348318
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Connections between Language Education and Civic Education. ERIC Digest.
Civic education "means explicit and continuing study of the basic concepts and values underlying our democratic political community and constitutional order" (Butts 1988, 184). It draws its content chiefly from four disciplines: political science, jurisprudence, history, and economics. Political science and jurisprudence provide an understanding of ideas, institutions, and procedures about law and government that protect individual rights and promote a government based on law, majority rule with minority rights, and the public good. The study of history gives us knowledge of our country's past, who we are as a people, and our successes and failures in realizing our country's political and legal ideals. And economics offers knowledge about how to use scarce resources to satisfy human needs and wants within a constitutional government based on the values of democracy and individual rights. However, language education, too, makes an important contribution to civic education. (Author)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, English Curriculum, Ethical Instruction, Language Arts, Language Skills, Literature, Skill Development, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, Teaching Methods, Values Education
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.