Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Civic Education When Democracy is in Flux: The Impact of Empirical Research on Policy and Practice in Latin America

By: Fernando Reimers

Title: Civic Education When Democracy is in Flux: The Impact of Empirical Research on Policy and Practice in Latin America

Author: Fernando Reimers, Harvard University

Website: http://gseacademic.harvard.edu/~reimers/

Publish: Citizenship and Teacher Learning, Vol 3, No. 2, December 2007

Full Document:
http://gseacademic.harvard.edu/~reimers/ReimersDraft_V3_1%5B1%5D.11.pdf


This paper examines the impact of the IEA International Civic
Education Study on policy and practice in Latin America. It documents significant
influence on curriculum revision in the two countries that participated, Chile and
Colombia, as well as indirect impact in regional policy discussions. The provision of solid comparative descriptive analysis of nationally representative samples of
students was especially influential. The article describes the integration of Latin
American education policy leaders in international professional networks in
citizenship education. It discusses the limited impact of these studies on teaching
practice and school culture. This can be attributed first, to the study’s organization along the top down institutional lines that also characterize policy making in Latin
America, which may have lessened impact on teacher education institutions or
teacher organizations, and second to the design of the study, which could not assess the contribution of specific programs of citizenship education to civic knowledge
and skills.

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