Civic education as a concept is not new to many people in Malawi. However, its overall understanding and how it is carried out varies from one person to the other, as much as it also varies from one geographical context to the next.
It is with this in mind, that in this module (Teachers as Civic Educators), you will be provided with opportunities to explore your own understanding of this concept – civic education. There will also be opportunities for doing various aspects of civic education as you study this module, amongst them; analysing the benefits and challenges of civic education, how to work together with your colleagues, mentors as well as learners in exploring these various strands of civic education in your school and wider community.
At the end of the module you will also have a practical chance to either do a research dissertation or some action research on any aspect of civic education that interests you, from any of the six units in this module. It is greatly hoped that this module will give you an opportunity to understand the various challenges relating to civic education in your community, and more importantly, how you can become one of the solutions to such challenges.
By the end of this module By the end of this unit, you should be able to:
explore various ideas and concepts associated with civic education;
understand the relationship between civic education and community participation;
describe the benefits associated with effective community participation;
describe challenges that relate to community participation;
design possible practical solutions to various challenges of community participation;
understand how the Citizens Participation Charter operates;
investigate how to collaborate with various community structures to develop the Citizens Participation Charter;
investigate tools, rights and responsibilities that community citizens have;
develop various competencies from effective civic education programs in the community;
identify how citizens can participate effectively in various community engagements;
report in detail on what you have done as a result of this module to improve the status of civic education in your school and wider community.
Your achievement on this module will be assessed partly through the module assignment (see below), and partly through 4 portfolio tasks, which are weighted as follows:
Module assignment 60% of total marks
Four Portfolio tasks 40% of total marks
The module assignment will be a practical, research-based assignment on any aspect of your own choice, but must be in relation to something that you have learnt from this module. You will have an opportunity to choose to design your own research question or procedure of how you wish to do your assignment. The assignment will be up to 4,000 words long.
This module includes 6 Portfolio tasks, drawn from each of the six units that make up this module. You are free to choose and submit only four of these portfolio tasks for assessment (although you are welcome to do all of them if you would like to). They are designed to show evidence of your understanding of the issues explored in the module and the ability to apply them to your own local context. This gives you the ability to effectively evaluate your own practical application of the knowledge, skills and values gained from this module.