EdD Doctor of Education
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
21st Century Skills, Alternative Assessments, Citizeship Readiness, Curriculum Development, Real-World Learning, Social Studies
Civics--Study and teaching
This study examined how elementary schools prepared students to become lifelong learners as it relates to meeting citizenship readiness initiatives. Traditionally, schools use standardized assessments aligned with college- and career-readiness standards to measure student achievement in the reading, writing, and mathematics curricula. This study sought to examine alternative assessments aligned with citizenship-readiness standards to measure student achievement in the elementary social studies curriculum. A qualitative case study using five elementary school principals to obtain their perceptions of the elementary social studies curriculum was highlighted. An extensive analysis of common themes emerged concluding the need for educators to provide students with real-world, authentic learning opportunities that are measured by performance-based, and portfolio-based assessments as alternatives to standardized assessments. Implications and recommendations for preparing elementary students for citizenship readiness within a social studies context were discussed in depth.
Moore, Dezoray, "An evaluation of the efficacy of implementing citizenship-readiness standards in the elementary social studies curriculum: A case study of a school district in New Jersey" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 2740.