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ERIC Number: ED464892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching about Federalism in the United States. ERIC Digest.
Drake, Frederick D.; Nelson, Lynn R.
Although it was not directly named in the U.S. Constitution, federalism is a central principle of U.S. government. It is important for students to learn about federalism to comprehend the U.S. federal system and recognize examples of federalism in other countries. Teaching and learning about federalism is essential to education for citizenship in a democracy. This digest: (1) defines federalism and discusses basic characteristics of the U.S. federal system; (2) provides an overview of the changing nature of federalism in the United States and internationally; (3) calls upon teachers to conduct deliberative discussions of federalism in relationship to other principles of constitutional democracy; and (4) recommends Internet resources related to federalism. (BT)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: United States Constitution