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ERIC Number: ED455245
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 35
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Bending Back To Move Forward: Using Reflective Practice To Develop a High School Civic Education/Aikido Course.
Miller-Lane, Jonathan
This paper describes the development of a high school social studies course, Citizenship and World Affairs. Course development involved two forms of reflection: deliberative and personalistic. The author's deliberative reflection, reported in part one of the paper, began as he reviewed research regarding how teachers should foster citizenship skills in their classrooms. The personalistic reflection, reported in part two of the paper, emerged from his deepening understanding of the nature of communication as a result of his practice of the martial art Aikido. Aikido emphasizes blending and joining the movement of an attacker in order to diffuse a violent situation rather than blocking and countering with reciprocal violence. By combining Aikido with civic education, the teacher created a unique social studies elective that taught critical skills for democratic citizenship. Part three of the paper describes the attempt to actually implement the Aikido-as-civics curriculum. Part four of the paper presents implications of this reflective practice, noting that response from students has been very positive. It concludes that providing teachers the opportunity to engage in deliberative and personalistic reflection for the purpose of invigorating their own practice may prove fruitful for both students and teachers. (Contains 57 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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