ERIC Number: ED431661
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of "We the People...Project Citizen": Promoting Citizenship in Classrooms and Communities. A Report by the Policy Research Project on "An Assessment of Project Citizen." Policy Research Project Report Number 129.
Tolo, Kenneth W.
Civic education seeks to engage students in their communities by teaching them the necessary skills to effectively participate in society. The middle school years are a crucial time for the development of civic roles and responsibilities. The report documents "We the People...Project Citizen," a national civic education program for middle school students developed by the Center for Civic Education (CCE) in collaboration with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). It states that "Project Citizen" implementation began during the 1995-96 school year, and that in just 3 years, it has blossomed into a national program with state coordinators in 45 states. The report provides background information about civic education and "Project Citizen" and sets the national context. Seven key areas of "Project Citizen" implementation are examined and recommendations are offered for getting the maximum out of implementation efforts in each of these areas. Overarching and long-term recommendations for building a strong framework to solidify and expand the use of "Project Citizen" nationally are presented. Includes extensive tables of data. Appendixes contain "Project Citizen" state summaries, a state coordinator contact list, an evaluation plan, a state coordinator survey (November 1997), a state coordinator survey, a teacher survey (January 1998), a student survey (January 1998), and sample "Project Citizen" letters. (BT)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Democracy, Formative Evaluation, Law Related Education, Middle Schools, Program Evaluation, Social Studies
Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box Y, Austin, Texas 78713-8925; Tel: 512-471-4218.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.