ERIC Number: ED432491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Preparing Active and Informed Citizens: A Qualitative Study of Two Elementary Classrooms.
Obenchain, Kathryn M.
A study examined two upper elementary classrooms efforts to incorporate experiential democratic citizenship into the life of each classroom. A major research question guiding the study was: what are the characteristics of an elementary classroom that values civic participation? The assertion generated from the findings and attentive to this question was that in classrooms where democratic elements such as providing student choice, shared responsibility and decision making, and opportunities for student civic participation are present, students begin to accept more responsibility for their immediate community. The cross case analyses of the data from each classroom indicated that the strength to which the civil characteristics exist may depend on classroom structure, use of a common vocabulary, and repetition of structure, characteristics, and vocabulary. Contains 36 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Anaheim, CA, November 18-19, 1998).