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ERIC Number: ED450006
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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Prospects for Civics Education in Transitional Democracies: Results of an Impact Study in Romanian Classrooms.
Tibbitts, Felisa
An impact study was conducted in the 1994-95 and 1995-96 school years with a single cohort of Romanian students (n=109) who used experimental civics texts in the seventh and the eighth forms. The texts emphasized critical thinking, dialogue, and participatory methods of instruction. In addition to these "treatment" classrooms, comparison classroom students (attending the same school but receiving civics instruction using the official Ministry textbooks) were administered a student questionnaire. Closed-ended questions asked students to rate the importance of a series of proposed characteristics of a good citizen, as well as the importance of individual human rights listed in the survey. The two-page questionnaire included an open-ended question about what the students considered to be characteristics of a good citizen. Data from nearly 900 surveys were collected over the course of the study. Findings appear to confirm other studies that have shown a clear link between instructional methodology and the development of participatory attitudes, or "civic behavior" of students. (Contains 9 tables and 12 references.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Romania