ERIC Number: EJ1002598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Reference Count: 0
A Class Museum of the 2012 Election: "Government OF the People, BY the People, and FOR the People"
Philpott, Sarah Lewis; Turner, Thomas N.
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v25 n1 p13-16 Sep-Oct 2012
The 2012 elections are the perfect opportunity to help students make sense of and visualize their role in the democratic society. In this article, the authors examine the benefits of building a class museum centered on the theme: "Government of the People, for the People, and by the People." They provide steps and examples to show how to build a class museum as a way to explore the 2012 election and the role of citizens in democracy. After all, "learning the basic ideals and values of a constitutional democracy is crucial to understanding the system of government." Helping students understand the basic concepts of voting, campaigning, having rights and responsibilities, and that government is created for the people, by the people, and of the people will help students acquire knowledge about the American system of government. (Contains 4 notes.)
Descriptors: Museums, Democracy, Elections, Citizenship Education, Student Role, Classroom Environment, Government (Administrative Body), Classroom Techniques, Voting, Democratic Values, Safety, Citizenship Responsibility
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