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ERIC Number: ED521777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Contested Curriculum: How Teachers and Citizens View Civics Education. Policy Brief 1
Lautzenheiser, Daniel K.; Kelly, Andrew P.; Miller, Cheryl
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
The American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AE) Program on American Citizenship has set out to explore what teachers and the public think high schools should be teaching about citizenship and whether they believe high schools are actually achieving those goals. In spring 2010, the authors developed and commissioned a survey, "High Schools, Civics, and Citizenship: What Social Studies Teachers Think and Do," to investigate what high school social studies teachers are teaching today about citizenship. They then administered a portion of the survey to a representative sample of one thousand American citizens as part of the Cooperative Congressional Election Study. They use these data in this report to make two basic comparisons. In the first section, they compare the attitudes and preferences of social studies teachers to those of the public. In the second, they break the public out into Democrats and Republicans and document important differences across those two partisan groups. The results, particularly the areas of agreement and disagreement across these various stakeholders, have implications for the teaching of citizenship in America's high schools. In general, they find that while citizens and teachers often have similar beliefs about what topics and concepts are most essential to teach about citizenship, important differences emerge on issues like whether schools should emphasize teaching facts and dates and on topics like tolerance and global citizenship. Importantly, they also uncover a significant amount of pessimism from the public about whether high school students are actually learning much about citizenship in high school. (Contains 3 tables, 2 figures and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research