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Patrick, John J. – 2003
A recent report, "Educating Democracy: State Standards to Ensure a Civic Core," was issued by the Albert Shanker Institute of the American Federation of Teachers. This report comparatively analyzes and evaluates the standards for the teaching and learning of civics which state-level departments of education in the United States have…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizenship Education, Civics, Elementary Secondary Education
Patrick, John J. – 2003
During the past 30 years, there has been a global surge of democracy. For most people of the world today, democracy is the prevailing source of political legitimacy. In 2002, 121 of the world's 192 sovereign states could be recognized as democracies in terms of the minimal global standard for an electoral democracy. This digest discusses: (1) the…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Civics, Democracy
Roh, Kyeong Ha – 2003
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) describes a learning environment in which problems drive the learning; that is, learning begins with a problem to be solved and the problem is posed in such a way that students need to gain new knowledge before they can solve it. This ERIC Digest discusses many aspects of PBL including PBL and problem solving, PBL and…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Learning Strategies
Van Tassel-Baska, Joyce – 2003
This digest discusses the need for differentiating language arts instruction for gifted students in grades K-8. It begins by describing differentiation approaches, including acceleration, depth, complexity, challenges, and creativity. It then explains how teachers can differentiate the language arts curriculum in the following five areas: (1)…
Descriptors: Acceleration (Education), Curriculum Design, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
Patrick, John J. – 2003
The year 2003 marks the bicentennial of the 1803 Treaty of France, by which the United States of America acquired the Louisiana Territory, an area of more than 828,000 square miles. Upon this acquisition, known as the Louisiana Purchase, the territory of the United States doubled. Historians consider the Louisiana Purchase to be a landmark event…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Geography, History Instruction
Branson, Margaret Stimmann – 2003
There is a necessary connection between civics and economics in education for democracy. This connection should be reflected in school curricula. This digest discusses: (1) federal legislation and programs promoting civics and economics; (2) the connections between civics and economics in the study of the U.S. Constitution; (3) the status of…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Civics, Democracy
Hoffman, Alan – 2003
This brief paper reviews the literature and provides guidelines on how instructional practices to promote self-determination can be used to help students with learning disabilities make effective choices and decisions. Self-determination is linked to making good choices through five steps: know yourself; value yourself; plan; act; and experience…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Integrated Curriculum, Learning Disabilities
Brown, Sarah Drake – 2003
In concert with a rising interest in history education, there is concern about the quality of education and certification of history teachers. Many researchers, theorists, and specialists have weighed in on the issue of teacher preparation and certification. To what extent are history teachers prepared and certified to teach the discipline? This…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Social Studies
Vontz, Thomas S. – 2003
Fundamental constitutional and legal principles are central to effective instruction in the K-12 social studies curriculum. To become competent citizens, students need to develop an understanding of the principles on which their society and government are based. Few principles are as important in the social studies curriculum as due process of…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Due Process, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness
Brew, Alan – 2003
In outdoor education, reflection transforms experience into knowledge. Writing activities facilitate reflection. In designing writing activities, instructors should ask themselves why they are asking their students to write, what type of writing is appropriate for their purpose, when and in what context the activity should take place, how they…
Descriptors: Descriptive Writing, Elementary Secondary Education, Essays, Experiential Learning
Larkin, Martha – 2002
This digest discusses using scaffolding instruction to optimize student learning by providing a supportive environment while facilitating student independence. It begins by identifying the following eight essential elements of scaffolding instruction that teachers can use as general guidelines: (1) pre-engagement with the student and the…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Peer Teaching
Meagher, Michael – 2002
This ERIC Digest overviews recent research on teaching and learning fractions and provides suggestions for practice, help in locating resources having direct application in the classroom, and sources for further reading in the literature. Students' conceptions of fractions or rational numbers, common mistakes teachers make, and new teaching…
Descriptors: Arithmetic, Concept Formation, Elementary Secondary Education, Fractions
Warger, Cynthia – 2001
This digest explains five homework strategies appropriate for use with students who have disabilities and which are supported by research. These strategies are: (1) give clear and appropriate assignments (specific tips from both teachers and students are offered); (2) make homework accommodations (eight common accommodations are listed); (3) teach…
Descriptors: Academic Accommodations (Disabilities), Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Homework
Sun, Ping-Yun – 2001
Since the Internet has become a primary information source, this digest offers a list of online resources to assist teachers and educators in conducting research and curriculum development and in meeting the National Standards for Arts Education in Theatre. The digest provides brief summaries of three Web sites on theatre education. It then…
Descriptors: Art Education, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education
Smutny, Joan Franklin – 2001
This digest paper presents strategies and activities that can be used to encourage gifted students to develop their individual talents in the language arts. Suggestions for exploring poetic language especially free verse, include ideas for creating group poems and catalysts for creating individual poems. Suggestions for exploring the elements of…
Descriptors: Biographies, Classroom Techniques, Creative Activities, Creative Development
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