A Workshop Model for the Teaching of Civic Efficacy

By Joe Lubig.

Published by The Learner Collection

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Public schools were founded in part to create an informed citizenry. This paper centers on the creation of a classroom model for civics instruction to meet the National Council for the Social Studies standards. The paper develops a mechanism for incorporating authentic civic education into the regular classroom where students experience and rehearse those acts of civic efficacy required to promote and sustain a democracy. To develop this level of civic engagement in the classroom, this paper identifies those components of the writing workshop model, a model designed to facilitate the interaction, learning, and growth of students as critical readers and writers, most appropriate for the design of an instructional model for civic efficacy. The model created will argue for the teaching of civic efficacy through the qualities that have made the writing workshop so successful; the creation of a place where students experience the power of their own ideas and the ideas of the adults with which they work. A civics workshop model emphasizing a systematic approach to provide students with opportunities to choose, self-govern, collaborate, problem-solve, question, and resolve civic matters in a safe and structured environment will be clearly articulated.

Keywords: Civic Education, Democracy, Civic Efficacy, Critical Readers

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp.631-642. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.231MB).

Dr. Joe Lubig

Director of Field Experiences, School of Education, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan, USA

Joe Lubig is an Associate Professor of Education at Northern Michigan University. His interests are in civic education and content area literacy with a focus in social studies. He currently serves as the Director of Field Placements. Creating authentic partnerships between K-12 schools and teacher candidates is a priority in his work.

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