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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
Leming, Robert S.; Vontz, Thomas S. – 1998
Intended for use by high school U.S. history and government teachers and students, these scripted trials and related materials are designed to help students develop an understanding about important ideas in the U.S. Constitution. The document focuses on three fundamental issues of the Bill of Rights: search and seizure, freedom of expression, and…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law
Vontz, Thomas S.; Nixon, William A. – 1998
No generation in U.S. history has matched that of the founding era for its array of talented and influential political thinkers and actors. These individuals (such as George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison) possessed traits of character and intellect that significantly shaped the…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Colonial History (United States), Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction
Vontz, Thomas S.; Drake, Sarah E. – 2001
This digest addresses teaching about the U.S. Congress. The digest addresses the constitutional foundations of the U.S. Congress, including the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan, representation, bicameralism, and the balance of power between state and federal government and among the executive, judicial, and legislative branches of the federal…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Constitutional History, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government
Drake, Sarah E.; Vontz, Thomas S. – 2001
This digest highlights the Constitutional and statutory foundations of the United States Supreme Court, discusses the changing role of the Supreme Court, and recommends online resources helpful in teaching and learning about the United States Supreme Court. The digest addresses general concerns of delegates at the Constitutional Convention,…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Court Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Law Related Education
Vontz, Thomas S.; Nixon, William A. – 2000
Although elections are an annual theme in many social studies classrooms, presidential election years prompt increased interest among students in the electoral process and offer an opportunity to teach about a national election as it happens. This ERIC Digest describes the legal requirements and traditions of U.S. presidential elections, processes…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Elections, Law Related Education, Presidential Campaigns (United States)
Vontz, Thomas S.; Nixon, William A. – 1999
The core mission of the social studies curriculum is education for democratic citizenship. The middle school years are an important time frame in which to fulfill that core mission. Policymakers, educators, community members, and parents need to recognize that civic education at the middle level years is important. One effective method for…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Instructional Materials, Law Related Education
Drake, Sarah E.; Vontz, Thomas S. – 2000
This ERIC digest addresses (1) the constitutional foundations of the U.S. presidency, (2) how the role of chief executive has changed through the years, and (3) Internet resources for teaching about the U.S. presidency. The digest discusses the Philadelphia Convention (1787), dominant issues guiding the creation of the chief executive's role,…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Constitutional History, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government
Healy, Langdon T., Ed.; Vontz, Thomas S., Ed. – 1997
This ERIC resource is a guide to the array of law-related education (LRE) resources available to teachers. The annotated bibliography offers resources for essential knowledge of the law, innovative teaching methods, and guides to national LRE programs. Included in this collection are abstracts of LRE documents and journal articles, arranged…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Law
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Patrick, John J., Ed.; Weakland, John E., Ed. – International Journal of Social Education, 1997
This theme issue of "The International Journal of Social Education" contains 11 articles all concerned with efforts to promote civic education in post-communist countries, particularly former Soviet-Bloc nations, including Latvia, Poland, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Russia. Described are international partnerships for civic…
Descriptors: Capitalism, Citizenship Education, Civics, Civil Liberties
Vontz, Thomas S.; Metcalf, Kim K.; Patrick, John J. – 2000
"We the People . . . Project Citizen," an instructional product, involves students in the selection and investigation of important public issues in their community and thus engages students in learning experiences designed to affect positively their civic development, which involves three basic components of democratic citizenship: (1)…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Foreign Countries, Secondary Education, Social Studies
Bahmueller, Charles F., Ed.; Patrick, John J., Ed. – 1999
The distinguishing characteristics, content and processes, and the variations of essential elements that are exemplified by projects in the United States and abroad in education for democratic citizenship are presented in this book. The volume addresses how international partnerships involving the United States and several post-communist countries…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Civics, Democracy
Patrick, John J., Ed.; Leming, Robert S., Ed. – 2001
This collection of essays was derived from a meeting sponsored by the Center for Civic Education (California) and conducted by the Social Studies Development Center (Indiana). The meeting's central theme was education for democratic citizenship of prospective social studies teachers. Following an introduction, essays in the collection are: (1)…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Democracy, Elementary Secondary Education
Patrick, John J., Ed.; Hamot, Gregory E., Ed.; Leming, Robert S., Ed. – 2003
The 2002 R. Freeman Butts Institute on Civic Learning in Teacher Education, which met in Indianapolis, Indiana, from May 17-21, 2002, was the source for this book. The central theme of the meeting was education for democratic citizenship in the college/university-based preparation of prospective teachers. Following an Introduction, twelve papers…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Civics