ERIC Number: ED429909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
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Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Lessons To Prepare Tomorrow's Citizens.
Banaszak, Ronald A.
This paper considers how well today's young adolescents are prepared for their future roles as citizens, noting that the public schools have a unique opportunity to positively affect their students' civic knowledge, values, and behaviors. The paper contends that recent research suggests that the next generation of citizens may lack the knowledge, attitudes, values, and social awareness that were once viewed as crucial. It discusses what civic literacy means and outlines the basic requirements for citizenship. The paper advocates using an interdisciplinary civics curriculum to teach students how to grasp the essential elements of a problem or issue, consider the consequences of various alternatives, and make decisions that are based on a concern for society as well as individual self interest. The paper contends that the educational system and curricula must do a better job of helping students to think critically, resolve conflicts, cooperate, communicate, and gather and synthesize information. Eight recommended curriculum goals are outlined and then discussed in detail. The paper also suggests nine effective instructional strategies to help ensure the success of the civics course. According to the paper, students who complete such a multidisciplinary course should achieve a substantial number of learning goals. For example, they should know the historical foundations and the structure of U.S. political, legal, economic, and social systems; they should understand basic societal goals and values; and they should have improved attitudes toward democracy and their future roles as citizens. Contains 14 references, and 2 lesson plans with student handouts. (BT)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
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Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
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