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This book offers a groundbreaking examination of citizenship education programs that serve contemporary youth in schools and communities across the United States. These programs include social studies classes and curricula, school governance, and community-based education efforts. The book takes an interdisciplinary approach to exploring the experiences and perspectives of educators and youth involved in these civic education efforts. The contributors offer rich analyses of how mainstream and alternative programs are envisioned and enacted, and the most important factors that shape them. A variety of theoretical lenses and qualitative methodologies are used, including ethnography, focus group interviews, and content analyses of textbooks.
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“…the editors and authors are energized to tackle the challenges of citizenship education and eager to share their insights with others.” — American Journal of Education
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791476390
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 11/6/2008
  • Pages: 308
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet S. Bixby is Associate Professor of Education at Lewis and Clark College.

Judith L. Pace is Associate Professor of Education at the University of San Francisco and the coeditor (with Annette Hemmings) of Classroom Authority: Theory, Research, and Practice.

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Table of Contents

Foreword Walter C. Parker Parker, Walter C.

1 Introduction: Studying Citizenship Education in Troubled Times Judith L. Pace Pace, Judith L. Janet S. Bixby Bixby, Janet S. 3

Inside Classrooms

2 Teaching for Citizenship in 12th Grade Government Classes Judith L. Pace Pace, Judith L. 25

3 Connecting Diversity, Justice, and Democratic Citizenship: Lessons from an Alternative U.S. History Class Anand R. Marri Marri, Anand R. 58

4 Urban Youth and the Construction of Racialized and Classed Political Identities Kysa Nygreen Nygreen, Kysa 81

5 Service-Learning as a Promising Approach to High School Civic Engagement Susan Root Root, Susan Shelley H. Billig Billig, Shelley H. 107

Inside Schools at Large

6 Democracy's Practice Grounds: The Role of School Governance in Citizenship Education Richard Battistoni Battistoni, Richard 131

7 Civic Development in Context: The Influence of Local Contexts on High School Students' Beliefs about Civic Engagement Ellen Middaugh Middaugh, Ellen Joseph Kahne Kahne, Joseph 157

8 Examining the Treatment of 9/11 and Terrorism in High School Textbooks Diana Hess Hess, Diana Jeremy Stoddard Stoddard, Jeremy Shannon Murto Murto, Shannon 192

In the Community

9 Engaging Urban Youth in Civic Practice: Community-Based Youth Organizations as Alternative Sites for Democratic Education Jennifer O'Donoghue O'Donoghue, Jennifer Ben Kirshner Kirshner, Ben 227

10 To Think, Live, and Breathe Politics: Experiencing Democratic Citizenship in Chicago Janet S. Bixby Bixby, Janet S. 252

11 Epilogue: Citizenship Education in Diverse Settings: Findings, Tensions, and Future Research Judith L. Pace Pace, Judith L. 281


Index 289

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