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Komer, Richard D.; Neily, Clark – Institute for Justice, 2007
This report, for the first time ever, provides a state-by-state breakdown of the key elements a policymaker needs in order to understand the legal environment for school choice in any given state--and to craft appropriate legislation to expand educational opportunity. This guide is intended to arm policymakers and advocates with the essential…
Descriptors: School Choice, Educational Opportunities, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation
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McGarry, Lorraine S.; Stoicovy, Donnan M. – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2014
At the beginning of every school year at Park Forest Elementary School (PFE), it is customary for teachers to invite their students to participate in establishing guidelines for behavior and citizenship in their respective classrooms. Teacher Lorraine McGarry and principal Donnan Stoicovy began the 2012-13 school year, however, by taking this…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Democracy, Meetings
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Bennett, Linda; Cunningham, William – Social Studies and the Young Learner, 2011
Each year, third graders in a rural Missouri intermediate elementary school are presented with a challenge--to collaborate on a virtual adventure to the nation's capital to find answers to these questions: (1) What were the main purposes of the Declaration of Independence?; (2) What is the purpose of the United States Constitution?; and (3) Why is…
Descriptors: Grade 3, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Elementary Education
Day, Patrice – ProQuest LLC, 2012
According to the U.S. Supreme Court ("Island Trees School District v. Pico," 457 U.S. 853, 1982), the Constitution presupposes that the free flow of information between the government and the public is essential to maintaining an informed citizenry, which in turn is essential to holding governments accountable. However, local governments…
Descriptors: Political Issues, Geographic Information Systems, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation
Lyman, Lawrence; Foyle, Harvey C. – 1988
Cooperative learning is a teaching strategy involving students in small group learning activities that promote positive interaction. Research studies have consistently found that cooperative learning promotes increased academic achievement and involves relative use of implementation and reasonable costs. Improved behavior, increased positive…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
Lyman, Lawrence; Foyle, Harvey C. – Georgia Social Science Journal, 1990
Discusses the educational benefits of cooperative learning, critiquing cooperative learning techniques and approaches. Identifies steps involved in successful teacher implementation of cooperative learning. Provides an elementary and secondary cooperative lesson plan and activities from the Learning Together approach on the U.S. Constitution,…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cooperation, Cooperative Learning, Elementary Secondary Education
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Emenaker, Ryan – Journal of Political Science Education, 2014
"Pin-the-Tail-on-the-Constitution" is an engaged-learning activity that has been conducted in 26 classes over the past four years. The activity teaches multiple themes commonly included in a variety of courses on American politics such as federalism, congressional powers, the role of the federal courts, and the relevance of the commerce…
Descriptors: Political Science, College Students, Educational Games, Legislators
Persinski, Jacqueline L. – ProQuest LLC, 2015
This research study analyzed the impact of teacher self-efficacy and student engagement on eleventh-grade South Carolina U.S. History and Constitution end-of-course state exam scores. Research questions centered on analyzing the relationships between the variables of teacher efficacy, student engagement, and student achievement as measured by the…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Learner Engagement, Grade 11, United States History
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver. – 1997
This booklet defines law-related education as an educational program for teaching non-lawyers about law, the legal system, and the fundamental principles and values on which constitutional democracy is based. The program's approach is characterized by relevant curriculum materials, interactive teaching strategies, and extensive use of the…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizenship Education, Classroom Techniques, Law Related Education
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Tagliaferro, Heather – Language and Literacy Spectrum, 2012
"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." Change can be scary. Quite often people find themselves venturing down an unknown path, unsure of what twists and turns will come their way. This uncertainty brings about questions, anxiety, and for some, a sense of panic. Similar emotions…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Career Readiness, College Readiness, Alignment (Education)
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Singer, Alan J. – Social Education, 2012
The most common activity in a social studies classroom should be the analysis of primary sources. Students are intrigued and engaged by edited and unedited documents, written statements, transcribed speeches, photographs, pictures, charts, graphs, cartoons, and even material objects. Ideally, the goal of social studies teachers is to prepare…
Descriptors: Cartoons, Social Studies, Controversial Issues (Course Content), World History
Drake, Frederick D.; Nelson, Lynn R. – 2002
Although it was not directly named in the U.S. Constitution, federalism is a central principle of U.S. government. It is important for students to learn about federalism to comprehend the U.S. federal system and recognize examples of federalism in other countries. Teaching and learning about federalism is essential to education for citizenship in…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Constitutional History, Democracy, Federal Government
Vontz, Thomas S. – 1993
This master's thesis synthesizes literature on the teaching of the United States Constitution, analyzes the Supreme Court case of Westside Community Schools v. Mergens, 1990, and provides lesson plans for teaching the constitutional significance of this case. The thesis argues that because of the poor quality of textbooks and the inadequate…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, History Instruction
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Knaresborough, Adam – Social Education, 2009
Early in the year, the students of history and government at Mountain View High School in Stafford, Virginia, began to devise hand motions to help memorize the 27 amendments to the Constitution for government class. Three students in the school who are interested in hip hop music then suggested composing a rap song about the topic. Working with…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Constitutional Law, United States History, Memorization
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Poling, Lindy G. – Social Education, 2000
Describes how the Community-in-the-Classroom (CIC) program works and the positive effects CIC has on students' learning and character development. Discusses the use of experiential learning, outlines the preparation for having community speakers in the classroom, and provides two examples of using guest speakers to teach about Vietnam and the U.S.…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Community Involvement, Critical Thinking, Experiential Learning
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