ERIC Number: EJ833560
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
Elementary and Secondary Teacher Education Students' Perspectives on Citizenship
Martin, Leisa A.
Action in Teacher Education, v30 n3 p54-63 Fall 2008
For many educators, citizenship preparation is the main goal of public education (Patrick, 2002, 2004). Yet, because of the nature of how individuals and groups within a society interpret the concept, citizenship may be redefined with each generation (Center for Civic Education, 1994; Giroux, 1988). This research therefore explored elementary and middle/secondary teacher education students' perceptions regarding the attributes of a good citizen and their current and future activities related to citizenship. Because these individuals will help to educate future generations of citizens, it is appropriate to understand their concepts of citizenship. Based on case study research, the results showed that elementary and middle/secondary students emphasized civic engagement (community service) more than political engagement. They viewed a good citizen as someone who helps others and follows laws. Both groups currently demonstrate good citizenship by helping others; their plans 10 years from now include helping others and working in the teaching profession. Implications of the findings are discussed for civic education.
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Citizenship, Student Attitudes, Citizenship Education, Public Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Case Studies, Social Studies, Civics, College Students, Higher Education, Perception, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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