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ERIC Number: EJ1002102
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Teaching the Social Studies through Your Local Community
Filipovitch, Anthony J.; Ozturk, Talip
Social Education, v76 n2 p85-87 Mar-Apr 2012
There is no better site for political or democratic action than the school itself and the students' own community, according to educational philosopher John Dewey (1859-1952). Learning about local government provides students with authentic examples of democratic processes and institutions that shape their daily lives. Getting involved in local issues, particularly through service learning, offers students experiences in democratic participation with adults and peers in their community. As natural and desirable as it might be to teach about the local community in civics education, most textbooks give it maybe a section of a chapter on "state and local government." Resources available on the Internet can help fill the gap and the authors describe some of the better ones in this article. (Contains 1 table and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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