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Kaltsounis, Theodore – Social Studies, 1997
Maintains that there are definite and divisive tensions between multicultural education and citizenship education. Identifies various positions, philosophical backgrounds, and political proponents of these two camps. Recommends using both pedagogies to create a sense of community. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Cultural Interrelationships, Cultural Pluralism
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Diamond, Larry – Social Studies, 1997
Advances a vigorous argument for teaching the basic principles of liberal democracy that transcend countries, cultures, and historical eras. Articulates a vision of citizenship education that uses historical examples of totalitarian abuses to emphasize issues of accountability and morality. Discusses ways to make civic education real and relevant.…
Descriptors: Citizenship, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics
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Chance, Jerry M. – Social Studies, 1993
Contends that the end of the Cold War does not necessarily mean the triumph of democracy. Presents contemporary interpretations of the democratic concepts of liberty, equality, and fraternity. Asserts that responsible action in a democratic society requires continued reflection about values education. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Democracy, Democratic Values
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Jarolimek, John – Social Studies, 1990
Underscores the importance of history and geography as the content base for K-12 citizenship education. Points out that changing global economic relationships demand adequate geography knowledge levels. Argues that uninspired teaching, rather than time shortages, have produced insufficient content knowledge and performance. Urges social studies…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Civics, Curriculum Development
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Hurst, Joe B.; Shugarman, Sherrie – Social Studies, 1985
Social studies education should take place in a democratic atmosphere where students participate in decisions that affect them, raise and cope with moral and ethical considerations, and are a vital part of the governance of the school and classroom. A manifesto for such a democratic education is presented. (RM)
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Educational Change, Educational Needs
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Gay, Geneva – Social Studies, 1997
Asserts that all of the major principles of political democracy are embedded in the tenets of multicultural education. Multicultural education facilitates the translation of principles of democratic living into practice for a society populated by people from many different ethnic, racial, cultural, and social backgrounds. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Cultural Pluralism, Democracy
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Parker, Walter C. – Social Studies, 1997
Argues that the United States always has possessed a unified political culture (representative democracy defined by compromise and consensus) and a fragmented ethnic and social culture. Claims that concerns about the divisive effect of multicultural education confuse the two realms. Suggests some curriculum topics that address both ideas. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Cultural Influences, Cultural Pluralism
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Dumas, Wayne; Dumas, Alesia – Social Studies, 1996
Investigates civic education curricular reform in the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). Discusses the problems inherent in reforming an entire educational system, from textbooks to teachers, originally designed for Marxist-Leninist purposes. Examines the German state educational structure and the role that the main political parties play in…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Comparative Education, Curriculum Development
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Wright, Ian – Social Studies, 1993
Contends that the key questions in civic education are How should people be treated? and How should disputes between people be resolved? Argues that a moral system is necessary for a civil society and that schools have a responsibility to encourage common-sense notions of ethical behavior. Includes classroom activities to illustrate this approach.…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Class Activities, Democratic Values, Educational Objectives
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Morse, Suzanne W. – Social Studies, 1993
Contends that the best way to learn about citizenship is by discussing real societal issues that are connected to student interests. Maintains that a democratic classroom environment also provides an opportunity for practicing civic values. Provides four guidelines for establishing community service projects in the schools. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Classroom Environment, Community Services
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Ogundare, Samuel Folorunso – Social Studies, 1993
Reports on a study of 236 prospective social studies teachers at a Nigerian university about their attitudes toward human rights and civil liberties. Finds that most prospective teachers were aware of rights included in the Nigerian Constitution and were generally supportive of them. Includes two tabular presentations of data. (CFR)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Democracy, Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hepburn, Mary A. – Social Studies, 1990
Discusses the impact on social studies education of events following World War II, including the Cold War and McCarthyism. Examines the professional literature to determine how the emphasis in social studies education changed from stressing broad societal and international goals to rote learning of civic duties. Concludes that after the 1950s,…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Democracy, Democratic Values, Educational Change
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Kaltsounis, Theodore – Social Studies, 1990
Examines democracy as a social and political system. Defines democracy as an evolving process that moves toward consensus whereby citizens exercise their sovereignty in government based on values and laws. Identifies two cornerstones of democracy: sovereignty of the people and individual rights. Explores the guardianship role of education in…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civil Liberties
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Clark, Todd – Social Studies, 1990
Argues that school service programs involving students in volunteer community efforts should be included in democratic citizenship education. Suggests that encouraging cooperation through volunteer service combats corrosive and anti-democratic effects of excessive individualism. Lists six characteristics of effective programs, compiled by…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Community Programs
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Ogundare, Samuel Folorunso – Social Studies, 1995
Reports on a study of the political attitudes and views toward elections among 140 Nigerian secondary students. Argues that, if schools are to play a significant role in Nigeria, it is essential for social studies educators to try to improve the current orientation of students toward elections. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Democratic Values
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