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ERIC Number: EJ1176271
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1059-8650
Museums as Vital Resources for New Americans: The Citizenship Project
Nagawiecki, Mia
Journal of Museum Education, v43 n2 p126-136 2018
What does it mean to be an American? Legal permanent residents (LPRs) in the United States have had to seriously contemplate this question as the immigration debate has proven one of the most divisive issues of the past two years. Many have begun actively pursuing American citizenship, which includes studying 100 questions about American history, government, and integrated civics to pass the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization test. The rote memorization involved in this process, however, does not inspire political involvement or a sense of belonging for new citizens. Using museum education pedagogy, the New-York Historical Society has created the Citizenship Project to help LPRs of the United States prepare to pass the civics portion of the naturalization test and become engaged members of American society. Museums are in a unique position to use their collections along with educational and community engagement expertise to help immigrants become citizens and, beyond that, to help students deeply engage in the complicated stories behind standardized test questions, to feel connected to the many figures and issues that shaped American history, and to appreciate their own agency in shaping our country's present and future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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