Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

The Dreyfuss Civics Curriculum: A National Model for Civics Education in Elementary and Secondary Schools
Richard Dreyfuss, Dr. Russell D. Porter, Dr. Kellie C. Cude, Dr. Stephen C. Anderson

Due to the decline of civics education in Pre-Kindergarten through grade 12 in the United States, a conceptual model is presented to address the need for developmentally appropriate curriculum that can readily be infused into the existing school day. The model includes three separate approaches designed to offer access to the curriculum, allframed around 10 overarching concepts. The underlying historical, international and cultural reasons for the need are briefly discussed, and results of the curriculum development are provided. Recommendations include creating civics discussion clubs to implement the Dreyfuss Civics Curriculum utilizing the Backward Design process to improve the degree of civics education in the United States.

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