ERIC Number: ED340654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Civitas: A Framework for Civic Education.
Quigley, Charles N., Ed.; Bahmueller, Charles, Ed.
CIVITAS is a curriculum framework that sets forth a set of national goals to be achieved in a civic education curriculum, primarily for K-12 public and private schools. It is a framework that proposes to specify the knowledge and skills needed by citizens to perform their roles in U.S. democracy. There are two major sections in the framework. It begins with a rationale that explains the basic philosophy, purpose and nature of the framework. The other major section is a statement of goals and objectives that civic education should foster. This section is divided into three parts--(1) Civic Virtue, (2) Civic Participation, and (3) Civic Knowledge and Intellectual Skills. Parts 2 and 3 contain model scope and sequence statements that suggest what aspects of the subjects in the framework can be taught at varying school grades and how they may be taught. The part on Civic Knowledge and Intellectual Skills comprises by far the largest portion of the framework. It organizes summaries of numerous topics into three main groupings: the nature of politics and government; public government in the United States; and the role of the citizen. The intended audience for the curriculum is educators at state and local levels concerned with the development of civic education curricula in the schools. Classroom teachers also may find the framework a useful resource and reference book. A six-page executive summary is appended. (DB)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Curriculum Development, Democratic Values, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Educational Objectives, Teaching Methods, Values Education
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts, Philadelphia, PA.
Authoring Institution: Council for the Advancement of Citizenship, Washington, DC.; Center for Civic Education, Calabasas, CA.
Note: National Council for the Social Studies Bulletin No. 86. For related documents, see SO 030 206-208.