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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
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
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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.; Franke, Jim; Burenheide, Brad; Bietau, Lisa – Journal of Educational Research, 2007
The authors explore the extent to which a mature professional development school (PDS) partnership at Kansas State University (KSU) helps link the disparate parts of the social studies education community. The authors initially identify and describe the divisions or "gulfs" that commonly plague social studies education, such as the gulfs…
Descriptors: College School Cooperation, Program Effectiveness, Case Studies, Elementary Secondary Education
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
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
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