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ERIC Number: EJ793521
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 6
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
Teaching about Civil Disobedience: Clarifying a Recurring Theme in the Secondary Social Studies
Clark, J. Spencer; Vontz, Thomas S.; Barikmo, Kristoffer
Social Studies, v99 n2 p51-56 Mar-Apr 2008
In this article, the authors offer social studies educators a way to deepen students' understanding of civil disobedience as a democratic and nonviolent means of instigating social change. The authors explore the concept of civil disobedience from a historical perspective and examine the justifications and ramifications of each historical example. In addition, they provide several examples of events that are often mistakenly categorized as civil disobedience. Through these examples, the authors develop a sound definition of the concept, while explaining its application to contemporary society. In actualizing the significance of civil disobedience in the secondary social studies classroom, the authors use five components: the historical importance of civil disobedience, the concept of civil disobedience, the argument for civil disobedience, the argument against civil disobedience, and teaching about civil disobedience. They also incorporate civil disobedience into a lesson plan.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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