ERIC Number: ED410177
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching about Democratic Constitutionalism. ERIC Digest.
Patrick, John J.
There are more than 100 democracies in the world today. All but three of them--Great Britain, Israel, and New Zealand --have written constitutions. This digest examines the importance of constitutions and constitutionalism and the teaching of these concepts through the use of comparisons. The primary objectives of civic education for democratic citizenship are to acquire knowledge of constitutionalism; to use this knowledge to think and act effectively about issues of governance; and to become committed to the maintenance and improvement of constitutionalism within one's polity. In order to compare written constitutions and constitutionalism in different countries, common attributes are reviewed. Six possible attributes are: (1) the structure of government; (2) the distribution of powers among executive, legislative, and judicial branches; (3) the limitations on powers of the branches of government; (4) the guarantees of human rights; (5) the procedures for electing, appointing, and replacing government officials; and (6) the methods of constitutional amendment or change. (CB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Communism, Comparative Analysis, Concept Formation, Democracy, Democratic Values, Educational Change, Educational Development, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Political Science, Secondary Education, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship, World Affairs
ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, 2805 East Tenth Street, Suite 120, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47408.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.