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ERIC Number: EJ888072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1076-0180
Striving for Critical Citizenship in a Teacher Education Program: Problems and Possibilities
James, Jennifer Hauver; Iverson, Susan V.
Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v16 n1 p33-46 Fall 2009
This paper reports on the first two semesters of an ongoing longitudinal study exploring how 22 pre-service teachers' involvement with change-oriented service-learning impacted their thinking about citizenship and civic education. Drawing upon Westheimer and Kahne's (2004) notions of citizenship, we analyzed three data sources: pre- and post-writing about citizenship and culminating reflections, and followup surveys (completed six months after the service-learning experience). Two central findings include: (1) students' participation in change-oriented service-learning pushed them to consider the importance of action and knowledge as essential aspects of citizenship in the short term; (2) students' thinking about the purposes and practices of civic education closely reflected their changing thinking about and enactments of citizenship over time. (Contains 2 tables and 5 notes.)
Edward Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning, University of Michigan. 1024 Hill Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-3310. Tel: 734-647-7402; Fax: 734-647-7464; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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