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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
Vontz, Thomas S. – 1997
Focusing on the most recent standards movement and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) framework for civics and government, this paper attempts to use the standards and framework to construct a synthesis model of civic education, to analyze the model through the perspectives of five civic education theorists, and to subject the…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Civics
Vontz, Thomas S. – 1997
This paper explores the varying definitions of civic education through time. The essay provides a framework through which to view the 1916 seminal report of the National Education Association's Committee on Social Studies by examining the competing visions of civic education during the 18 years prior to the report. The conceptualizations of civic…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizen Role, Citizenship, Citizenship Education
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Vontz, Thomas S. – International Journal of Social Education, 1997
Provides a selective, annotated bibliography of resources listed in the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) database that relate specifically to civic education for democracy from a variety of international perspectives. Includes information about the ERIC system and how to obtain copies of materials cited in the bibliography. (DSK)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Citizenship Education, Civics, Democracy
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Vontz, Thomas S.; Leming, Robert S. – International Journal of Social Education, 2005
Becoming a competent civic educator--one who can inspire and prepare students for informed, responsible, and humane participation in civic and political life--requires ongoing study of the content, pedagogy, and resources of civic education. Many elementary, middle, and high school teachers (and their students) would benefit from effective…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Faculty Development, Citizenship Education, Civics
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
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
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Leming, Robert S.; Vontz, Thomas S. – International Journal of Social Education, 1997
Lists fundamental democratic concepts that make possible the sharing of educational ideas that foster democratic citizenship, and details how they are embodied in two programs: "We the People"...The Citizen and the Constitution, and "We the People"...Project Citizen. Describes how they are structured and have been adapted for curricula outside the…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education
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
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