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ERIC Number: EJ765198
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy: Engaging a Curriculum and Pedagogy
Deardorff, Michelle D.; Kolnick, Jeffrey; Mvusi, Thandekile R. M.; McLemore, Leslie Burl
History Teacher, v38 n4 p441-453 Aug 2005
The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy is a coalition of friends who share a vision of the potential of education. Founded in 1997 at a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College Teachers, the Hamer Institute conducts seminars and workshops for K-12 teachers and students that feature the role played by the Civil Rights Movement in expanding the meaning, scope, and practice of citizenship and democracy in America. The summer seminars are designed to introduce secondary school students and educators to the valuable and remarkable achievements of the Civil Rights Movement and the last 20 years of scholarship on citizenship and democracy. The Hamer Institute is committed to transforming the curriculum of primary and secondary schools to highlight the role played by the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Students must learn that history is made in all places and by all kinds of people. The authors also strongly advocate the use of interactive teaching techniques and they maintain that the use of primary sources in teaching is essential for learning. As a result of these techniques, the participants are actively engaged in the construction of democracy while they simultaneously transform the ways they teach. In this article, the authors describe the curriculum and pedagogy of the Hamer Institute.
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States