Graduation Year

2011

Location

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

9-4-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

9-4-2011 10:00 AM

Description

This self study is based on my belief that citizenship education should be a part of our schools' curriculum. Drawing on the work of Raif Esquith, I implemented a classroom economy to facilitate students' hands on educational experience of being a working citizen by contributing in our classroom. Over the course of the study, students were given responsibilities to keep our classroom running smoothly. They were "paid" for some of these responsibilities and were responsible for managing their earnings to pay rent, fines, or purchase rewards. To assess what students learned, I implemented three assessments, photographed materials, and recorded field notes. Through these means, I concluded that the students' awareness of what it means to be a working citizen was broadened. The major learning goals met were students are able to manage money, understand how to write a check and pay rent, and contribute positively to our class community.

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Citizenship Education Through a Classroom Economy

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

This self study is based on my belief that citizenship education should be a part of our schools' curriculum. Drawing on the work of Raif Esquith, I implemented a classroom economy to facilitate students' hands on educational experience of being a working citizen by contributing in our classroom. Over the course of the study, students were given responsibilities to keep our classroom running smoothly. They were "paid" for some of these responsibilities and were responsible for managing their earnings to pay rent, fines, or purchase rewards. To assess what students learned, I implemented three assessments, photographed materials, and recorded field notes. Through these means, I concluded that the students' awareness of what it means to be a working citizen was broadened. The major learning goals met were students are able to manage money, understand how to write a check and pay rent, and contribute positively to our class community.