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Clark, J. Spencer; Vontz, Thomas S.; Barikmo, Kristoffer – Social Studies, 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.…
Descriptors: Civil Disobedience, Social Studies, Secondary Education, World History
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.; 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.; 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