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Project Citizen: Students practice democratic principles while conducting community projects.
Science Scope (2010)
  • William Medina-Jerez, Univerisity of Texas at El Paso
  • Carol Bryant
  • Carie Green, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Abstract
On a Sunday morning, students and their teachers from rural and provincial Bolivian schools arrived in La Paz, the capital city of Bolivia, to showcase their Project Citizen portfolios to local residents, international delegations, and members of nonprofit organizations and government officials from the city. Most of the projects investigated socioeconomic and environmental problems afflicting students’ communities. For example, a group of six eighth-grade students from a low-income public school in El Alto, the sister city of La Paz, presented a solution to the problem of garbage disposal in their community. The goal of their project was to craft a public policy statement in hopes of getting the needed support from local government to solve this issue. These students accepted citizenship responsibility, worked collaboratively, and learned to monitor public policy in their community.
Disciplines
Publication Date
Spring March 1, 2010
Citation Information
Medina-Jerez, W., Bryant, C. & Green, C. (2010). Science students practice democratic principles while conducting their own community projects. Science Scope. 33(7), 71-75.