ERIC Number: ED051004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
The Wingspread Report on New Dimensions for the Teaching of the Social Studies.
National Association of Independent Schools, Philadelphia, PA.
This report is a result of a conference in 1968 attended by secondary school educators to discuss challenging questions facing social studies teachers. Two interrelated areas of interest are explored: 1) The Nature of Contemporary Change in American Society and the World; and, 2) The Educational Needs of Our Students. However, in order to develop relevant curriculum and devise innovative teaching methods, teacher participation and changes in the schools are necessary. Participants felt that academic courses should reflect an interdisciplinary approach and team teaching which require advanced study and basic changes in teacher preparation. Content should help students understand man in society as both creator and product of environment adding three crucial special areas: 1) should emphasize analytical ability, inquiry approach, and decision making with less attention to factual indoctrination. The restrictive influence of the examination system is also noted. Changes in school structure and innovations for teacher training programs are described. The report concludes that active teacher involvement and leadership is vital to stimulating educational change. A brief appendix outlines a scheme for a K-12 curriculum sequence. (Author/JSB)
Descriptors: Conference Reports, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Inquiry, Instructional Innovation, Interdisciplinary Approach, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Social Change, Social Studies, Student Needs, Teacher Participation, Teaching Methods, Team Teaching, World Problems
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Independent Schools, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Wingspread Conferences
Note: Issued by the Ad Hoc Committee on Social Studies