Divergent perspectives on citizenship education: A Q-method study and survey of social studies teachers

Christopher Anderson, Patricia G Avery, Patricia V. Pederson, Elizabeth S. Smith, John L. Sullivan

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Abstract

This study explored the views of contemporary social studies teachers on citizenship education. Q-technique was used to discern the principal conceptions held by teachers in two small samples. Minnesota teachers held three perspectives (cultural pluralism, communitarianism, and legalism) and teachers nationally held four perspectives (critical thinking, legalism, cultural pluralism, and assimilationism). Analysis of a large national sample survey of social studies teachers allows us to ascertain the popularity of each perspective generally and the characteristics of teachers who hold each perspective. Implications for citizenship education in a multicultural society are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-364
Number of pages32
JournalAmerican Educational Research Journal
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

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