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ERIC Number: ED426926
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Oct
Pages: 14
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Domains of Civic Engagement in a Constitutional Democracy.
Harris, Will
This paper suggests that a well-composed scheme of civic education does not merely predispose the citizen to political engagement, but more fundamentally, the considered systematic design of civic education parallels the essentials of both the constitutionalism and the democracy to which it gives access and control. This paper aims to draw out some of the important connections between "education" and the other two aspects of this type of regime, noting that, in this regard, a scheme of civic education prefigures (and then reinforces) a model of the citizen and a map of the domains of that citizen's knowledge and engagement. The paper discusses the American "National Standards for Civics and Government" (Center for Civic Education, 1994) and the current international project to develop a framework outlining "Education for Democratic Citizenship" and how they might be understood as reflecting a whole theory or theories about the constitutional universe in which they would operate. According to the paper, the model of citizenship and the map of the domains of civic engagement that the published "Standards" and the draft Framework describe and/or propose would first be extracted. The paper suggests that the "Standards" culminate in the part which questions the roles of the citizen in American civic life. It then focuses on the 5-part version of the Framework, which sets its goal as generating an understanding of democracy from first principles and is organized as a logical sequence so that its structure itself communicates important dimensions of democracy. (Contains 6 references and a model of the 5-part framework.) (BT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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