ERIC Number: EJ915843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Teachers from Five Nations Share Perspectives on Culture and Citizenship
Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski; Christensen, Lois McFadyen; Shwery, Craig S.; Lovorn, Michael; Sunal, Dennis W.
Action in Teacher Education, v32 n2 p42-55 Sum 2010
Online discussions enabled preK-12 teachers (n = 125) from five nations (Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, and the United States) to share their perspectives of culture and citizenship and the intersections of those concepts. Discussion moved between elements of personal and others' theory into effects of theory on practice. Teachers identified culture and citizenship as multilayered concepts evolving to meet issues present in the early 21st century. Social studies teaching practice was thought to be affected by individual definitions of these concepts and by definitions held by influential groups in society. Transformative teaching is needed to assist students in developing their identities as citizens in a world in which the concepts of culture and citizenship are shifting.
Descriptors: Citizenship, Definitions, Foreign Countries, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Cross Cultural Studies, Teacher Attitudes, Concept Formation, Content Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Discourse Analysis, Theory Practice Relationship, Educational Practices, Teaching Experience, Reflective Teaching, Regional Characteristics, Comparative Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil; Colombia; Ecuador; Paraguay; United States