DL in Political Science

Links on disciplinary literacy in political science

A large part of disciplinary literacy in subject areas is to teach students how to read, write, speak, and think as a person in that area.  In order for students to be able to understand political science, for example, they must be able to read and interpret political critical texts, write and explain political concepts and think about issues and events from a political scientists' point of view.  Being able to take these steps leads to deeper and more meaningful learning in the subject area. 

Civics literacy is the ability to understand, analyze and participate in government and in the community, both globally and locally and the ability to make decisions that reflect an understanding of historic implications, the role of leaders and a broader sense of political awareness (definition, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 2008).