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CCU professor to discuss citizenship education

October 18, 2010

Educating the Citizenry: Are ethics necessary? will be the topic at Coastal Carolina Universitys Tea and Ethics discussion scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26 in the Recital Hall of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. The event is free and open to the public. Tea and cookies will be served.

Kristal Curry, assistant professor of secondary social studies education at CCU, will examine how high school teachers and administrators in one high school defined citizenship, and particularly how ethical notions played into these definitions.

Scholars of citizenship education vary in the degree to which they emphasize ethical thinking in their conceptions of what defines good citizenship education. Some traditional scholars of civic education emphasize the knowledge and academic skills required for good citizenship, while more progressive scholars emphasize teaching participatory skills and certain dispositions required for good citizenship.

Curry earned a bachelor's degree in classical studies and history from Tulane University, a master's degree from the University of North Florida, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Indiana University.

Tea and Ethics is sponsored by CCU's Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values. The purpose of the center is to cultivate and promote awareness in the community of the importance of personal and professional integrity. For more information, contact the center director, Claudia McCollough, at 843-349-2440.