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Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

Civic Learning by Students
  • Civics Test Questions
Community Engagement and Service Learning
  • Mock Trials as a Teaching Strategy
Youth Activism in U. S. History
  • Historical Examples and Teaching Strategies
Sugata Mitra and SOLEs (Self-Organized Learning Environments)

Civic Learning by Students

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Model UN-themed Wikipetan

Definition: Civic learning means acquisition of the knowledge, the intellectual skills and the applied competencies that citizens need for informed and effective participation in civic and democratic life; it also means acquiring an understanding of the social values that underlie democratic structures and practices

Screen Shot 2016-11-17 at 4.24.09 PM.pngA Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future (2012)

Diversity, Group Identity and Citizenship Education in a Global Age, James A. Banks, Educational Researcher, 37(3), 129-137. Banks proposed the following typology of types of citizenship:
  • Legal Citizenship
  • Minimal Citizenship
  • Active Citizenship
  • Transformative Citizenship

Arizona 1st to Pass Law Requiring High School Civics Test, Arizona Republic (January 16, 2015)

"Boring but Important: A Self-Transcendent Purpose for Learning Fosters Academic Self-Regulation." David S. Yeager. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2014 October.
  • Researchers found that students who value education as a means to improve society (and not just themselves) displayed more persistent in completing tedious academic tasks at school.

external image Red_Apple.jpgCivic Education Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans--Civic Engagement and Action

Using Dystopian Fiction to Explore Citizenship from MiddleWeb (August 2015).

Civics Test Questions

Civics Test Questions from Fasttrack Civics

Who Won the Civil War? Tough Question, NPR Photojournalist, November 2014. This includes on campus interviews at Texas Tech University about civic knowledge.

Flunking Civics: Why America's Kids Know So Little, American Bar Association Journal, 2011 This includes on the street interviews about civic knowledge.

Reading with Second Graders
Reading with Second Graders

Community Engagement and Service Learning

A Brief History of Service Learning

12 Reasons Community Service Should Be Required in Schools

National News Engagement Day

50 Ways to Engage with Current Events from the New York Times Learning Network, October 7, 2014

Ideas for Service Learning Projects from the National Park Service

The Case for Hackathons from the Blog Tchers' Voice (July 15, 2015). Includes the idea of civically-minded hackathons.

Seider, S. C., Gillmor, S., & Rabinowicz, S. (2012). The impact of community service learning upon the expected political voice of participating college students. Journal of Adolescent Research, 27(1): 44-77.

Are You An Innovative Educator? Here is How to Find Out

Old Supreme Court Chamber
Old Supreme Court Chamber

Screen Shot 2016-10-28 at 12.13.15 PM.pngMock Trials

In Any Case: Conducting a Mock Trial, New York Times Learning Network

Preparing for a Mock Trial, New York Times Learning Network

Planning for a Mock Trial, from YMCA of Greater Seattle

Free Mock Trials from Street Law, Inc

Go here for Special Topic page on Youth Activism in U.S. History

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Lowell Mill Girls Image from Nashua Telegraph

Sugata Mitra and SOLEs (Self-Organized Learning Environments)

Sugata Mitra, 2012
Sugata Mitra, 2012

What Happens When Fifth Graders Run the Classroom: A SOLE in Action

School in the Cloud and TED Talks

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses from Wired (October 15, 2013)