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ERIC Number: EJ751346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1056-0300
Introducing Children to Democratic Government
Alleman, Janet; Brophy, Jere
Social Studies and the Young Learner, v19 n1 p17-19 Sep-Oct 2006
Researchers have been studying children's knowledge, thinking, and attitudes about government for several decades. However, the studies focusing on elementary students, and especially primary students, have little or nothing to say about children's ideas about democracy or democratic government. That is because children at these ages have not yet accumulated a sufficient critical mass of cognitive abilities and political knowledge to enable them to understand and reply coherently to questions such as, "What is democracy?" or "How does the form of government (democratic republic) compare with other forms?" In this article, the authors describe some of the challenges teachers face in teaching government in a democratic society, identify some of the building blocks that are in place, and suggest some curriculum-based opportunities for socializing students' understandings and attitudes about democracy. (Contains 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A