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Teaching Politics

Teaching politics is difficult. More than in other subjects, the objective of teaching politics goes beyond imparting basic knowledge. The following course is made up of five sections and has been designed to highlight as realistically as possible the steps that need to be taken to create a teaching unit in politics. Its objective is to provide teachers with support. The illustration below provides an overview of the four sequential steps to be taken in preparing a teaching unit. Indeed, these steps also make up the remaining basic courses:

Two sections have been dedicated to the fundamental terms of Politics and Education:

bullet... to our understanding of the term "politics"
bullet... to our understanding of the term "education"

Other pieces of writing associated with this introductory basic course sequence address the following issues:

bulletAn overview of what to take into account when planning a lesson on politics
bulletObjectives and tasks of political education
bulletMarking work from politics lessons - the problem of appraising learning
bulletDemocracy education - an extract from the UNESCO report on Education for the 21st century

This basic course is modeled on a publication by leading teachers of politics in Germany. This publication was released by the Federal Centre for Political Education and is widely used across Germany for training politics teachers (Politikdidaktik kurzgefasst. Planungsfragen für den Politikunterricht, published by Federal Centre for Political Education, series Bd. 326, Bonn 1994).

[Author: Ragnar Müller]

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This online service on the subject of political education was developed by agora-wissen, the Stuttgart-based Gesellschaft für Wissensvermittlung über neue Medien und politische Bildung (GbR) (Partnership for the Exchange of Information Using New Media and Political Education). Please contact us with your questions or comments. Translation from German into English by twigg's Übersetzung deutsch-englisch.