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ERIC Number: EJ1039649
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Mar
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
Urban Pre-Service K-6 Teachers' Conceptions of Citizenship and Civic Education: Weighing the Risks and Rewards
Marri, Anand R.; Michael-Luna, Sara; Cormier, Maria Scott; Keegan, Patrick
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v46 n1 p63-85 Mar 2014
To effectively help urban pre-service teachers to provide civic education opportunities in their future classrooms, teacher educators should know how urban pre-service teachers themselves conceptualize citizenship and civic engagement. Through the research question--how do urban K-6 pre-service teachers currently enrolled in an urban education teacher certification program at a 4-year university construct key concepts and ideologies about citizenship and civic education?--we examined how 15 pre-service teachers understood these concepts. Using three conceptions of citizenship--personally responsible citizen, participatory citizen, and justice-oriented citizen (Westheimer and Kahne in "Am Educ Res J" 41(2):237-269, 2004)--our analysis demonstrated that urban pre-service teachers' conceptions of their students' lives significantly influenced their ideas about civic education in elementary schools. Although the participating pre-service teachers overwhelmingly promoted personally responsible citizenship, we found the participants to heavily weigh developmentally appropriate practice and classroom context when considering the risks and rewards of promoting justice-oriented citizenship in elementary classrooms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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