The Association of CSPE Teachers (ACT)
Supporting Citizenship Education in Ireland
CSPE: Presidential Election by Brendan O'Regan, Arklow CBS
There are many tasks that can be carried out and many skills to be used. Such a project could easily become inflated so it will be important to proceed with moderation! Suggested approaches: ·
*Class could be divided into small groups, with each group being responsible for tracking the progress of a particular candidate.
*The group could study the candidate's literature, their political broadcasts on TV, their websites etc.
*The group or spokesperson for the group could give periodic progress reports to the full class.
*The class could do research and presentations on the Presidency itself, looking for example at the constitutional provisions (Articles 12-14) click here for Bunreacht..
*A brief introduction to the PR system of voting could be organized.
*A mock election could be organized, in the class or the whole school, using the names of the actual candidates. ·
*When the real election is over the voting patterns could be analysed, paying particular attention to the transfer of votes.
*At the end of polling day, polling booth officials may hand over the large mock ballot paper they use as information for voters - this is a useful visual aid for the any election.