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ERIC Number: ED012390
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb
Pages: 104
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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THE DEVELOPMENT OF A MODEL FOR THE METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SOCIAL STUDIES CENTER.
BERLAK, HAROLD; AND OTHERS
A PLAN WAS REPORTED FOR THE METROPOLITAN ST. LOUIS SOCIAL STUDIES CENTER. THIS AGENCY WAS ESTABLISHED (1) TO ANALYZE, IMPLEMENT, AND DIFFUSE NEW SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUMS IN THE ST. LOUIS AREA, AND (2) TO DEVELOP A UNIFIED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOCIAL SCIENCE CURRICULUM, GRADES 1-6. THE PROBLEMS OF IMPLEMENTING AND DISSEMINATING CURRICULUM INNOVATIONS IN THE SOCIAL STUDIES WERE ANALYZED, AND A PLAN TO ESTABLISH AN INTERSCHOOL INNOVATION AGENCY ANALOGOUS TO AGRICULTURAL FIELD STATIONS WAS PRESENTED IN DETAIL. PLANS FOR FOUR "FIELD STATIONS" INVOLVING 28 SCHOOL SYSTEMS WERE DESCRIBED, INCLUDING PLANS FOR TRAINING OF TEACHERS AND FOR EVALUATING THE USEFULNESS OF THE FIELD STATION MODEL DESCRIBED. ONE SUCH FIELD STATION WAS IN OPERATION AT THE TIME OF REPORTING. THE REPORT ALSO ANALYZED AND DOCUMENTED THE SHORTCOMINGS OF THE PRESENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM, ESPECIALLY ITS FAILURE TO PROVIDE CHILDREN WITH THE SOCIAL SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE THAT WOULD EQUIP THEM TO COPE WITH CONTINUING SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHANGE. BASED ON THIS ANALYSIS, A RATIONALE FOR THE NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES PROGRAM WAS PRESENTED IN DETAIL. THE NEW CURRICULUM FOCUSES ON TEACHING AN UNDERSTANDING OF CONTEMPORARY DEMOCRACY AND THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CHANGES OF DEMOCRATIC AND NONDEMOCRATIC SOCIETIES. THE CURRICULUM ATTEMPTS TO PROVIDE CHILDREN WITH SOCIAL SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE AND THE INTELLECTUAL SKILLS NECESSARY FOR ANALYZING AND DEALING WITH SOCIAL, POLITICAL, AND ECONOMIC CONTROVERSY. THE SCOPE AND SEQUENCE OF THE CURRICULUM WAS PRESENTED, AND A SAMPLE UNIT WAS DESCRIBED. A COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM EVALUATION MODEL WAS ALSO PROPOSED AND OUTLINED. (TC)
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Authoring Institution: Washington Univ., St. Louis, MO.
Identifiers: Missouri (Saint Louis)