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We have prepared this manual of resources and activities so that Dorchester teachers and children can explore their community. We have done so in the belief that community studies can be a valuable addition to the curriculum. They involve children in thinking about and taking part in the affairs of their community. Through community studies, children in the process of becoming citizens can learn how to participate in and have an impact on their community. In this time of widespread apathy, despair, and resignation about community problems, education for citizenship is a top priority.

When children are learning about their community, they are learning about themselves. As a result, they are motivated and involved. They learn new skills and practice previously-learned ones with more enthusiasm and energy. Many activities in this manual provide opportunities to practice basic skills of the social scientist—mapping, interviewing, observing, interpreting, comparing, contrasting, and others.



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