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Critical Issues in Teacher Education





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The Illinois General Assembly passed Public Act 099-0434 in August 2015, requiring that all high school students complete a semester long civics course in order to graduate from an Illinois High School. With the passage of civic education legislation, Illinois becomes the 39th state to require its students to study civics in order to graduate. What makes Public Act 099-0434 unique is that it is the first education policy in the state to require a particular classroom pedagogy. The following study revisits the history and philosophy of citizenship and civics, and secondly and most practically, examines the resurgence of civic education in the third largest school district in the country, Chicago Public Schools, through the experiences of teachers using Participate! This study concludes with a discussion about current urban civic education practices and future research aspirations.


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