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ERIC Number: ED431693
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Jan
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Civic Education in the Czech Republic: Curriculum Reform for Democratic Citizenship. Evaluator's Report.
Torney-Purta, Judith
This report evaluates a project undertaken in the Czech Republic to create lesson scenarios to revise the existing social studies curricular framework for the third form of secondary school (ages 17-18) with special reference to the overarching objectives for civic education reform started in 1989. These objectives included the elimination of Marxist-Leninist perspectives in the curriculum; a renewed study of Czech history, culture, heritage, and geography; and a pedagogical shift from transmitting information to passive students to the prompting of inquiry and active learning. The evaluator's activities included a presentation about evaluation to the lesson design team of Czechs, development of draft versions of instruments to gather feedback about the lessons, attendance at meetings at which field testing was planned, observation of training for computer-assisted simulation, attendance at other relevant meetings, and preparation of the report. Three assumptions and decisions framed the evaluation: (1) the focus should be almost exclusively on the lessons being developed, their quality, and how they were being received by teachers and students during the field test period; (2) use of several methods of data collection and sources of data was the only way to assure that the necessary depth of information about the lessons could be obtained; and (3) the "center of gravity" for both collecting and analyzing that data should be in the Czech Republic and not at the Universities of Maryland or Iowa. The report outlines the project in detail and summarizes the strengths and weaknesses in its planning and design, the lessons, training and capacity building, and communication and motivation. Contains a table and 8 notes. Appendix 1 features lesson topics, types of student participation, and teacher and student feedback. Appendix 2 contains notes on interviewing teachers. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: United States Information Agency, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Charles Univ., Prague (Czechoslovakia). Documentation and Information Centre of the European Communities.; Iowa Univ., Iowa City. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic