Elementary Education Students' Perceptions of "Good" Citizenship

  title={Elementary Education Students' Perceptions of "Good" Citizenship},
  author={Jason L. O’Brien and Jason Smith},
  journal={Journal of Social Studies Education Research},
The purpose of this study was to investigate how elementary pre-service teachers perceive of ‘good’ citizenship. Prior to any instruction in their methods courses, 309 pre-service elementary teachers from nine different states were asked to respond to the prompt “What is a good citizen?” The two most common responses were “helping others/community involvement” (n=180) and “following laws” (n=163). Using the framework created by Westheimer and Kahne (2004), the authors make the conclusion that a… 

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