ERIC Number: ED491054
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
Touching History: Evaluating a Birmingham Seminar on Teaching Civics and the Struggle for Civil Rights through Teacher Partnerships
Bennett, Sharareh Frouzesh; Soule, Suzanne
Center for Civic Education, Paper prepared for the Annual R. Freeman Butts Institute on Civic Learning in Teacher Education (5th, Indianapolis, IN, May 2005)
The seminar represents an effort on the part of the Center for Civic Education to create a forum in which teachers would become emotionally engaged with the artifacts, sites and experiences of those that lived through the Civil Rights Movement. The central hypothesis thereby being that such an engagement would transform the ability and willingness of participants to engage their own students with the material they present in their classrooms. This hypothesis is premised on a core constructivist principle and includes elements of holistic learning strategies coming out of the field of cognitive psychology and neurobiology. A secondary, but equally important, aspect of the program was the establishment of a partnership between teachers from across the country, both to build an element of mutual cooperation between participants and to encourage the possibility of a series of domestic teacher exchanges after the seminar. (Contains 21 endnotes.)
Descriptors: Seminars, Learning Strategies, Constructivism (Learning), Cognitive Psychology, Civil Rights, Civics, Citizenship Education, Teacher Participation, Teacher Collaboration, Activism, Faculty Development, Holistic Approach, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, United States History
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.