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ERIC Number: EJ846580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 48
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
Citizenship and Human Rights Education: A Comparison of Textbooks in Turkey and the United States
Karaman-Kepenekci, Yasemin
International Journal of Educational Reform, v14 n1 p73-88 Win 2005
Textbooks are major educational tools for students. A United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) project titled "Basic Learning Material" claims that textbooks provide the main resource for teachers, enabling them to animate the curricula and giving life to the subjects taught in the classroom. As Power and Allison indicate (2000), textbooks should support the full development of the human personality and promote respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. In order to actualize citizenship and human rights education apart from basic knowledge, educational activities that develop participation skills, critical-thinking skills, collaboration skills, problem-solving skills, and communication skills are also needed. That is why civics and human rights textbooks especially should include both texts and instructions for educational activities consistent with the text that help to develop these skills of the students. A number of studies were conducted to investigate the importance of textbooks in citizenship and human rights education and the contribution of some of these textbooks--history, social studies, and so forth--to human rights and citizenship education. However, the level of allocation of the citizenship and human rights issues in civics and human rights textbooks has not been studied in some research conducted to examine textbooks. Therefore, it is thought important to examine the subdimensions of citizenship and human rights issues in these textbooks. The purpose of this study is to examine the level of allocation to citizenship and human rights issues in civics and human rights textbooks. While exploring the level of allocation to citizenship and human rights issues in these textbooks, it is thought to be useful to examine the content of both the texts and the explanations of educational activities that support the texts at the same time. Since a comparison between the citizenship and human rights issues in the textbooks used in different countries is important, the author compares the content of citizenship and human rights textbooks in Turkey and the United States. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey; United States