ERIC Number: ED412154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Preparing Citizens: Linking Authentic Assessment and Instruction in Civic/Law-Related Education. Field Test Edition.
Miller, Barbara; Singleton, Laurel
Intended to link civic education curriculum, instruction, and assessment, this guide is directed to those educators who are looking for ways to authentically assess students in the area of civic education. The handbook is designed to connect content and the broader goals of preparing youth to participate in democratic society. It is based on the belief that law-related education (LRE) is among the best programs to promote citizenship and reflective thinking; that current assessment practices in LRE programs are inadequate and that models of authentic assessment are needed; and, that unless authentic assessment models are developed within its framework, civic education may be in danger of being lost within the current educational climate. The handbook is also based on the experiences of several classroom teachers in five states--Colordao, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, and Washington. The teacher participants expressed an interest in working with the directors of their state law projects and assessment experts to develop new assessment strategies for use in their classrooms. The handbook is divided into two sections. Section 1 defines the relationship of authentic assessment to civic education, identifies the essential learnings of civic education, and reports the ways teachers might revise and alter assessment and instruction using authentic assessment instruments. Section 2 identifies and describes authentic assessment techniques that may be used in conjunction with a variety of instructional techniques and activities commonly associated with LRE. An appendix profiles contributors to the publication. (TSV)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizen Role, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Law Related Education, Performance Based Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Public Policy, Secondary Education, Social Studies
Social Science Education Consortium, 3300 Mitchell Lane, Suite 240, Boulder, CO 80301-2296.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.