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ERIC Number: EJ920260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0093-3104
A Multi-Dimensional Exploration of Teachers' Beliefs about Civic Education in Australia, England, and the United States
Chin, Kevin; Barber, Carolyn E.
Theory and Research in Social Education, v38 n3 p395-427 Sum 2010
Teachers' beliefs influence their behaviors in classrooms and their organization of classes, each of which can greatly impact student learning. This study focuses on four categories of teachers' beliefs--beliefs about subject, about learners and learning, about teaching, and about self-efficacy--and their potential to shape civic education. More specifically, this study takes a comparative approach in examining how national policies in Australia, England, and the United States might influence educational beliefs. Analyses of data from the IEA Civic Education Study reveal that teachers from these countries generally hold beliefs that: (a) engagement-based civic activities are necessary components of citizenship, (b) students should learn about engagement, (c) civic education is valuable, and (d) they are confident in presenting these topics. Differences among countries exist in many areas, most notably in teachers' views of activist-oriented citizenship and in the importance of national loyalty. Interrelations among these beliefs are also examined. (Contains 7 tables and 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom (England); United States