ERIC Number: ED481149
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
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Promoting Enlightened Political Engagement by Using a Citizenship Scenario with Teacher Candidates and Experienced Teachers.
Haas, Mary E.; Laughlin, Margaret A.; Wilson, Elizabeth K.; Sunal, Cynthia S.
This study explored what teacher candidates consider to be good and appropriate citizenship behaviors as they plan to teach young learners. The study also assessed an original case study scenario for its effectiveness for engaging social studies methods students. An original case study focusing on citizenship was developed and presented to teacher candidates in social studies methods classes. The scenario was also used as part of an online course with teachers, and their responses were compared with those of teacher candidates. The scenario describes the selection of a school principal as an outstanding citizen and the identification of the values and actions that made her outstanding, as well as the selection of other activities in which she might participate. The second part of the scenario focuses on the decision of teachers to develop a service learning project for the school. Sixty-one undergraduate teacher candidates, 18 graduate students in education, and 33 online graduate students responded to the scenario. All participants were able to identify the traits that made the scenario's principal a good citizen, and all students were able to suggest an additional activity in which she might participate. Almost all teacher candidates and teachers (graduate students) selected one of three sample projects described in the scenario for the service learning project. Findings also suggest that the case scenario is an effective tool for engaging social studies teacher candidates and graduate students in understanding the importance of enlightened political engagement in the social studies curriculum. (Contains 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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