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Ideology and Citizenship

30-1: To what extent should my actions as a citizen be shaped by an ideology?
30-2: Should my actions as a citizen be shaped by an ideology?


Ideologies reflect societal beliefs and values that motivate individual and collective action, map a collective sense of direction and frame a vision for the future. These beliefs and values, combined with collective commitments, inform individual and collective citizen responses to emerging local, national and global issues.

In this overarching critical inquiry, students will investigate the role ideology plays in shaping the responses of citizens to the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. Many of the specific outcomes for Perspectives on Ideology (30-1) and Understandings of Ideologies (30-2) may be addressed by inviting students to reflect on the role ideology should play in shaping the roles and responsibilities of citizenship.

Critical Challenges

Students might explore this overarching theme by completing these challenges:

Help Documents

Embedding Critical Thinking Into Teaching and Learning PDF
This document provides a definition of critical thinking, and discusses how to embed critical thinking into teaching and learning.

Definitions of Terms Used in Overarching Critical Inquiries
This document provides definitions of Overarching Critical Inquiry, Critical Challenge, Modelling the Tools, Support Material, Graphic Organizer, Assessment, and Background Information.

Meeting the Diverse Learning Needs of All Students PDF
This document provides suggestions to help teachers plan for diverse learning needs.

Reference Charts

The following charts provide a quick overview of correlations, references, and summaries for all the Critical Challenges. In the charts, the Critical Challenges are organized according to which Overarching Critical Inquiry they address.

Last updated: January 30, 2009 | (Revision History)
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