Presentation on theme: "Terrence C. Mason, Ph.D. Director, Center for Social Studies and International Education, and Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction IU School."— Presentation transcript:
Terrence C. Mason, Ph.D. Director, Center for Social Studies and International Education, and Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction IU School of Education
Center for Social Studies and International Education Our primary mission is to improve education in the social studies (history, geography, economics, civics, anthropology, and the social sciences) in elementary and secondary schools. A secondary mission is to meet the professional development needs of the international community of educators through in-service training, content seminars, and curriculum workshops in all curriculum areas.
CSSIE Current Projects: Afghanistan Higher Education Project (USAID) Macedonia Primary Education Project (USAID) Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education Mathematics Teachers Summer Workshop Civitas Educator Exchange Project (U.S. Dept. of Education) Title VI Area Studies K-12 Outreach Indonesia New Ideas Project (USAID) The Inter-American Journal of Education for Democracy Deliberating in a Democracy Project Persistent Issues in History Network Indiana Council for the Social Studies R. Freeman Butts Institute on Civic Learning and Teacher Education
Civitas International Civic Education Exchange Program Partnerships are designed to identify the civic education needs in each U.S. state and international site and develop programs to address those needs in a manner that take advantage of the experience, expertise, and programmatic offerings of the partners. Goals: Acquaint international educators with exemplary curricular and teacher training programs in civic education developed in the United States and other participating nations Assist international educators in the creating, adapting, implementing and institutionalizing effective civic education programs in their own countries Create and implement civic education programs for students in the United States that will help them better understand the history and experiences of emerging democracies and other advanced democracies Facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences in civic education among educational, governmental, and private sector leaders in the United States and emerging and established democracies Encourage independent research and evaluation to determine the effects of civic education on the development of the knowledge, skills, and traits of character that are essential for the preservation and improvement of constitutional democracy
Project Citizen We the People: Project Citizen is a curricular program for middle, secondary, and post-secondary students, youth organizations, and adult groups that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.
Project Citizen Steps: 1. Identifying public issues in the community 2. Selecting a problem for class study 3. Gathering information on the problem 4. Developing a class portfolio 5. Presenting the portfolio 6. Reflecting on the experience
Challenges faced in promoting civic culture abroad Democracy is controversial Whose democracy? Resources Knowledge or action?
The Role of Area Studies Familiarize educators with local traditions, culture, political and social norms Language training Print and media resources
“The World We Want” A documentary about Project Citizen followed by a discussion with director/producer Patrick Davidson When: Thursday, March 26 7:00 PM Where: IU Bloomington, Fine Arts Auditorium 015