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ERIC Number: EJ1228684
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Be the Change: Guiding Students to Take Informed Action
Muetterties, Carly; Swan, Kathy
Social Education, v83 n4 p232-237 Sep 2019
Change comes when individuals transform themselves first and then move outward into the world. The C3 Framework lays out a vision for civic action within Dimension 4 of the Inquiry Arc in a section titled "Taking Informed Action." The Framework emphasizes that "It is important to note that taking informed action … should be grounded in and informed by the inquiries initiated and sustained within and among the disciplines. In that way, action is then a purposeful, informed, and reflective experience." The Inquiry Design Model (IDM) breaks down Taking Informed Action into three sequential steps: "understand," "assess," and "act." To understand, students apply the inquiry's concepts or enduring ideas to a civic context. Students assess the topic by considering different perspectives on the issue, ways to address it, and the potential impact of their actions. When students act, they apply their learning in a civic action. In this article, the authors discuss how to support students in the understand-assess-act sequence of the IDM Blueprint and to provide them agency in determining their ultimate action. In doing so, the authors hope to inspire even the most reticent teacher to dip a toe into inquiry-based civic action.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky
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