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Defining, Delivering, and Defending a Common Education for Citizenship in a Democracy.

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As educators abroad have turned to U.S. colleagues for advice about how to teach democratic citizenship, U.S. educators have been challenged to think more carefully about what civic education is, how to do it, and how to justify it. This paper reflects and deliberates about three key questions: (1) What, exactly, is a common education for citizenship in a democracy? (2) How should a particular kind of common education for citizenship in a democracy be included in the K-12 curriculum and in the preparation of elementary and secondary school teachers through higher education? and (3) Why should a particular kind of education for citizenship in a democracy be implemented in K-12 schools and in programs for the education of teachers? The paper summarizes responses about the definition, delivery, and defense or justification of a common education for citizenship in a democracy. It includes discussion of a defensible definition of a common education for citizenship in a democracy; how to deliver or use the definition in K-12 schools and the preservice education of teachers; and why the definition, or something like it, should be in the core curriculum of K-12 schools and teacher education programs. The paper is intended to be a guide to education for citizenship in a democracy. (Contains 2 figures, 14 notes, and 48 references.) (BT)

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Author:Patrick, John J.
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:May 15, 2002
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