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What Research Says About Civic Education What Works?
Welcome! <ul><li>CRF is a non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization. We provide programs, professional developmen...
The Civic Mission of Schools The Civic Mission of Schools  report provides guidance for local, state, and national policy ...
Prepare all of America’s young people to be  competent and responsible citizens who are: CMS Goals of Civic Education <ul>...
1.  Instruction in government, history, law, and democracy. 2.  Discussion of current local, national, and international i...
Paths to 21 st  Century Competencies Through Civic Education Classrooms Commissioned by  the American Bar Association Divi...
<ul><li>Basic knowledge of economic and political  processes. </li></ul><ul><li>Skill in understanding what is presented i...
<ul><li>Data from the IEA Civic Education Study (CIVED), which had been collected from a national sample of 14-year-olds i...
“ Educators who wish to strengthen their programs should focus on enhancing interactive discussion-based methods with a st...
Civics,  Not Government Redirecting Social Studies in the Nation’s Schools The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Partici...
<ul><li>Stakeholders see current practices as creating young citizens who are: </li></ul><ul><li>Unreflective </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>Civic education should: </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize meaning over memorization. </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize inspira...
Modified Lesson from CRF’s Educating on Immigration website:  http://crfimmigrationed.org/   Review & Apply <ul><li>We’ve ...
You will consider proposed legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for young people who arrived as undocument...
Any child who was brought to this country illegally while under the age of 16 may apply for legal residency and is eligibl...
Reading Break up into three groups 1. Senators 2. Supporters 3. Non-Supporters Advocate Decide Debrief – How does this les...
1.  Instruction in government, history, law, and democracy. 2.  Discussion of current local, national, and international i...
What’s Happening in CA? California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools Educating for Democracy www.cms-ca.org What Y...
<ul><li>Katie Moore -  [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Check us out on the web @  </li></ul><ul><li>www.crf-usa.org </li...
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Research & Civic Education 2011

  1. 1. What Research Says About Civic Education What Works?
  2. 2. Welcome! <ul><li>CRF is a non-profit, non-partisan, educational organization. We provide programs, professional development and materials that support teachers, youth, and community-based service providers in the fields of civic- and law-related education. </li></ul><ul><li>Check us out on the web @ www.crf-usa.org </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Civic Mission of Schools The Civic Mission of Schools report provides guidance for local, state, and national policy on civics in our schools. www.civicmissionofschools.org
  4. 4. Prepare all of America’s young people to be competent and responsible citizens who are: CMS Goals of Civic Education <ul><li>Informed and Thoughtful </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory </li></ul><ul><li>Politically Active </li></ul><ul><li>Socially responsible, tolerant, and believe in their capacity to make a difference. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 1. Instruction in government, history, law, and democracy. 2. Discussion of current local, national, and international issues and events. 3. Service Learning – service activities linked to classroom instruction and civic outcomes. 4. Extra-curricular activities that provide opportunities for youth to get involved in their schools and communities. 5. Student participation in school/classroom governance and decision-making. 6. Simulations of democratic processes and procedures such as mock trials, legislative deliberations and diplomacy that promote more political knowledge and interest. CMS Promising Approaches
  6. 6. Paths to 21 st Century Competencies Through Civic Education Classrooms Commissioned by the American Bar Association Division for Public Education and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools www.abanet.org/publiced
  7. 7. <ul><li>Basic knowledge of economic and political processes. </li></ul><ul><li>Skill in understanding what is presented in the media. </li></ul><ul><li>The ability to work well with others, especially in diverse groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Positive attitudes about working hard and obeying the law. </li></ul><ul><li>Creativity and innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>www.21stcenturyskills.org </li></ul>21 st Century Competencies
  8. 8. <ul><li>Data from the IEA Civic Education Study (CIVED), which had been collected from a national sample of 14-year-olds in 1999 in the United States. </li></ul><ul><li>Lecture based. </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive discussion-based. </li></ul><ul><li>Both lecture and interactive discussion based. </li></ul><ul><li>Neither. </li></ul>Evidence on which this report is based
  9. 9. “ Educators who wish to strengthen their programs should focus on enhancing interactive discussion-based methods with a strong content focus as part of every student’s educational experience.”  Conclusion
  10. 10. Civics, Not Government Redirecting Social Studies in the Nation’s Schools The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation invites a new set of stakeholders to the debate on civic education. www.annettestrauss.org
  11. 11. <ul><li>Stakeholders see current practices as creating young citizens who are: </li></ul><ul><li>Unreflective </li></ul><ul><li>Individualistic </li></ul><ul><li>Detached </li></ul><ul><li>Unprepared </li></ul>“ What Stakeholders Told Us”
  12. 12. <ul><li>Civic education should: </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize meaning over memorization. </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize inspiration over efficiency. </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasize ownership over detachment. </li></ul><ul><li>Be integrated, not specialized. </li></ul><ul><li>Start early, not late.  </li></ul>Five recommendations to create a more invested citizenry
  13. 13. Modified Lesson from CRF’s Educating on Immigration website: http://crfimmigrationed.org/ Review & Apply <ul><li>We’ve looked at 3 different research reports: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Civic Mission of Schools Report </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paths to 21 st Century Competencies Through Civic Education Classrooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Civics, Not Government </li></ul></ul>Make Connections
  14. 14. You will consider proposed legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for young people who arrived as undocumented children. The DREAM Act: A Legislative Hearing <ul><li>Objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Students will be able to: </li></ul><ul><li>Examine arguments supporting and opposing proposed legislation. </li></ul><ul><li>Advocate for a specific interest or viewpoint. </li></ul><ul><li>Understand the power of advocacy, policy, and law to address social issues.  </li></ul>26
  15. 15. Any child who was brought to this country illegally while under the age of 16 may apply for legal residency and is eligible for employment and admission to any public university while they complete the process of becoming legal citizens.  The DREAM Act: A Path to Citizenship 26
  16. 16. Reading Break up into three groups 1. Senators 2. Supporters 3. Non-Supporters Advocate Decide Debrief – How does this lesson connect to the recommendations of the research? The DREAM Act: A Path to Citizenship 26
  17. 17. 1. Instruction in government, history, law, and democracy. 2. Discussion of current local, national, and international issues and events. 3. Service-learning activities linked to classroom instruction and civic outcomes. 4. Extra-curricular activities that provide opportunities for youth to get involved in their schools and communities. 5. Student participation in school/classroom governance and decision-making. 6. Simulations of democratic processes and procedures such as mock trials, legislative deliberations and diplomacy that promote more political knowledge and interest. CMS Promising Approaches
  18. 18. What’s Happening in CA? California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools Educating for Democracy www.cms-ca.org What You Can Do Guide, Research and Reports, Additional Resources, News , Policy Updates & Outreach Materials
  19. 19. <ul><li>Katie Moore - [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Check us out on the web @ </li></ul><ul><li>www.crf-usa.org </li></ul>Thank You!

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