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Civic Education in the Elementary Grades: Promoting Student Engagement in an Era of Accountability

Civic Education in the Elementary Grades: Promoting Student Engagement in an Era of Accountability

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ISBN-13: 9780807756348
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 10/09/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,255,574
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Meira Levinson ix

Acknowledgments xiii

1 Civic Engagement in an Elementary Setting 1

Civic Engagement as Making a Difference 3

Student Voice and Civic Agency 4

A Critical Sociocultural Approach to Making a Difference 4

A Strategic Case of Civic Engagement 5

Part I Classrooms as a Site for Civic Engagement 11

2 Classroom Dialogue as a Platform for Civic Engagement Michael D. Burroughs 15

Civic Engagement, Dialogue, and Philosophy 15

Fostering Imaginative Engagement in Others' Worlds 17

Civic Engagement as Dialogue 19

Lessons for Practice 21

3 "Children Live There!?" Empathy, Perspective Taking, and Service Learning with the Local Homeless Shelter 25

Framing Service Learning 25

Defying Egocentrism 26

Planning a Service-Learning Project 27

Applying Disciplinary Concepts and Tools: Putting Civics at the Center 29

"Children Live There!?" Furthering Perspective Taking 31

Concluding the Project 33

Lessons for Practice 35

4 Civic Zines in 5th Grade: Responses to the Call to "Making a Difference" Eve Mayes 38

Teaching to "Make a Difference" 40

What Is a Civic Zine? 41

Instrumental Agency 42

Consumer Agency 46

Collective Agency 49

Considering Young People as Individual Agents of Social Change 52

Lessons for Practice 53

In Their Own Words: Writing a School Constitution-Representative Democracy in Action Teacher Stacey Benson Principal Shannon 55

Part II Schools as Sites for Civic Engagement 59

5 Environmental Stewardship: Giving Teachers Reasons to Participate 63

Place-Based Learning Inspires Teacher Collaboration 65

Connecting Schoolyard to the Civic Vision 67

Lessons for Practice 69

6 All-School Assemblies: Creating a Schoolwide Vision for Civic Engagement 72

Valuing Environmental Stewardship and Service-Learning Projects 74

Teaching Citizenship Goals 75

Building a Shared Vision Through Mandatory Activities 76

Lessons for Practice 77

7 Small School Advisories: Making Implementation Variable 80

Create Teams of Teachers to Implement New Ideas 80

Encouraging Teacher Choice 81

Implementation Will Vary Across Teachers 83

Case Study of Community Building: "So They Feel Like Someone Cares About Them" 85

Case Study of Citizenship Skills: "What is Honesty?" 87

Case Study of Service Learning: Sending Books to Africa 89

Tension Between Vision and Democratic Process 91

Lessons for Practice 93

In Their Own Words: Becoming a Zero-Waste School Principal Shannon 97

Part III Community as a Site for Civic Engagement 103

8 Challenging District Policy Through Student Inquiry 105

Learning How to Make Change 106

Learning How to Collect Data 108

Engaging in Dialogue with Authorities 110

Lessons for Practice 112

9 The Value of Horizontal Ties 115

National Partnerships 116

Dewey's Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership 117

Homegrown Teacher Collaboration 122

Lessons for Practice 124

10 Contested Spaces in Dewey That Push Back Against "Accountability" and "Failing" Roi Kawai 126

Teachers Make Space 132

Lessons for Practice 135

11 Conclusion: Making Civic Engagement Work 137

Student Voice and Inquiry: Building Blocks for Civic Agency 137

Student Voice as Civic Agency 138

Critical Inquiry 139

Empowering Teachers 140

Creating a Climate of Trust and Community 142

Embedding Civic Engagement into Structures, Processes, and Partnerships 143

Looking Ahead 144

Appendix A Methods 145

Appendix B Sample Protocols 149

References 151

Index 163

About the Authors 173

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