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ERIC Number: EJ1150283
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2327-3585
Educating Citizens: A Cross-Cultural Conversation
Adler, Susan A.; Moi, Kho Ee
Journal of International Social Studies, v1 n2 p1-20 Spr-Sum 2011
This study explores pre-service teachers' beliefs about citizenship across two nations, the United States and Singapore; the nature of their conversation about those beliefs; and the impact of their cross-cultural dialog on their reflections about the citizenship goal of social studies. Data is based on a Black Board-based threaded dialog, over two different semesters, between preservice social studies teachers in the two countries. The discussions focused on the meanings each group held about what it means to be an effective citizen. Data was analyzed around themes of knowledge, skills, and values. The conversations provided some insight into the similarities and differences in conceptions of citizenship held by these two groups of preservice teachers. Across both groups and both years, the dominant view of the "good citizen" expressed by participants was that of the "personally responsible citizen." While many similarities were evident, there were also clear differences which the facilitators attributed to differences in disciplinary grounding and cultural contexts. Participants reported that the cross-cultural dialog had encouraged them to think more deeply about the concept of citizenship and the goals of social studies.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States; Singapore
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