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ERIC Number: ED039206
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 150
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Teachers' Handbook for Elementary Social Studies. Introductory Edition.
Taba, Hilda
This account of a new approach to social studies curriculum takes the form of an introductory statement on the model curriculum which is being developed in the Contra Costa County Schools of California. Three levels of knowledge are distinguished: (1) concepts, (2) significant ideas, (3) specific facts, with the students progressing from 3 to 1. The theoretical setting for the curriculum is discussed, as is the need to cover a wide range of social sciences in order to provide students with the knowledge, thinking, attitudes, feelings and sensitivities, and skills are defined, followed by a detailed description of the selection and organization of content, with examples from various grade levels. The curriculum aims at developing the students' capacity for making increasingly fine distinctions and syntheses as their capacity for thinking increases, and encourages expressive activities such as making models and murals, and dramatization. The year's program for each grade is divided into six or eight units which have a thematic coherence but also allow a certain flexibility within the regular pattern of introduction, development, and conclusion. The teacher is encouraged to develop cognitive maps to help him in the organization and interpretation of material and to control class discussion. An appendix lists the main ideas used for Grades 1 through 6. (MBM)
Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., Inc., Reading, Massachusetts 01867; ($3.95)
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Identifiers: California; Contra Costa County Schools CA