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Reinforcing earlier conclusions of the Educational Testing Service, this evaluation highlights the success of the "We the People" program using the "Justice for All" textbook produced by the Center for Civic Education (CCE), the program involves students in a rigorous study of the Constitution and Bill of Rights and supports their participation in congressional district, state, and national competitions. Intended to supplement government and U.S. history courses, the program strives to develop a better understanding of and a reasoned commitment to democratic principles. At the request of the CCE, the Social Studies Development Center (SSDC) of Indiana University studied whether high school students participating in the "We the People

." program demonstrated more knowledge of the history and principles of the Bill of Rights than students enrolled in high school civics and government classes using traditional textbooks. Through the use of a multiple-choice test on the subject area, the SSDC sampled 10 classes participating in the program and 14 classes not in the program, with the classes in each group distributed across 12 states. Developed by the CCE, the test content was based on recommendations from scholars in political science, U.S. history, and constitutional law. The study revealed that students who participated in the program scored significantly higher on the test than similar students enrolled in government or civics classes using traditional textbooks. (JD)

Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Constitutional History, Constitutional Law, High Schools, Justice, Law Related Education, Social Studies











Author: Social Studies Development Center, Bloomington, IN.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10186&id=ED375016







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