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ERIC Number: EJ1101889
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1618-5293
Empowering Teaching for Participatory Citizenship: Evaluating the Impact of Alternative Civic Education Pedagogies on Civic Attitudes, Knowledge and Skills of Eight-Grade Students in Mexico
Reimers, Fernando M.; Ortega, Maria Elena; Cardenas, Mariali; Estrada, Armando; Garza, Emanuel
Journal of Social Science Education, v13 n4 p41-55 Win 2014
In spite of the fact that public schools were established to prepare students for citizenship, the alignment of teaching practice with this goal is poor. In part, this is because the knowledge base about the efficacy of curricular and pedagogical approaches in supporting specific civic outcomes is limited, as is our knowledge about the extent to which civic learning is constrained to pedagogical objectives specifically taught vs. the generalizability of what is learned to other civic outcomes. In this paper we evaluate the impact of three interventions aimed at training teachers to use a specific pedagogical approach (i.e. lesson planning, participatory learning, and a combination of both) to teach civic education to low-income eight-grade students in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. These pedagogies aimed at improving teacher practices used to teach the civic education curriculum and fostering a specific set student's civic skills. Using data from a cluster randomized experimental design at the classroom level, we found positive impact of the three civic education pedagogies on teacher practices reported by students. We also found statistically significant impacts on a range of students' civic dimensions explicitly targeted by the curriculum. Finally, we found limited or no evidence of transfer of effects to civic dimensions not explicitly targeted in the curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Grade 9; High Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico
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