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ERIC Number: ED428006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Sep
Pages: 47
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Educating Nomads: Narratives and the Future of Civic Education.
Dubnick, Melvin J.
In recent years, the concern for civic education has reentered the mainstream agenda of U.S. political science. This paper poses an argument about the nature of the civic education challenge, arguing that the primary issue facing the profession in the area of educating citizens is much "deeper" than those currently being discussed. The focus is on the challenges of the future rather than reviewing the problems of the past. The paper contends that this orientation needs to be taken seriously and considers what needs to be done to "reach" the next generation of students. According to the paper, the emergence of a new worldview among students growing up in the age of the personal computer and other new technologies needs to be taken seriously. Preparation for educating those whom Marshall McLuhan called the "nomadic gatherers of knowledge," the citizens of tomorrow, needs to be undertaken. The paper argues that the very nature of what civic education entails must be rethought as the cultivation of a relevant "narrative" that will engage students in U.S. civic life. The paper first presents a brief and speculative characterization of the "nomadic student," then offers an overview of the role played by different civic education narratives over the past two centuries. Finally, it considers how to approach developing a civic education narrative of the future, and what the implications of the narrative shift might be for those who will be engaged in "educating nomads." Contains 119 notes and a 74-item bibliography. (BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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