ERIC Number: ED369714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Taking Part: An Elementary Curriculum in the Participation Series.
Klubock, Dorothy, Ed.
The keynote of this document is "empowerment." Children can and should have opportunities from an early age to take part in the significant events in their world. Learning activities in this curriculum provide a general context in which young children can explore and appreciate various definitions of participation for elementary school children and provide age-appropriate understanding of the process of political elections. Chapter 1, "Defining Participation," presents an exploration of the ways children experience their own and others' participation in the world. Chapter 2, "The Empowering Classroom," looks at learning activities and classroom structures that give children the direct experience of responsible participation in their everyday world. Chapter 3, "Decision Making," examines models of ways groups make decisions and provides opportunities for students to try out each method. In Chapter 4, "Elections: Taking Part in the Political Process," activities help children understand and participate in developmentally-appropriate ways, in the events surrounding an election. Finally, Chapter 5, "Making a Difference," focuses children's attention on issues and areas where their efforts can contribute to improving their surroundings. (CK)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship, Classroom Environment, Decision Making, Elections, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Learning Activities, Student Participation
Educators for Social Responsibility, 23 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Educators for Social Responsibility, Cambridge, MA.