ERIC Number: ED055019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Project Canada West. A Study of Urban Rural Transition.
Western Curriculum Project on Canada Studies, Edmonton (Alberta).
Project SURT, The Study of Rural-Urban Transition, deals with the dynamics of Canadian society. The interdisciplinary curriculum to be produced will be instrumental in assisting tenth and eleventh grade students in two or three months, to assess the changes which are occuring in selected Canadian Communities, and to gain some proficiency in predicting those changes. This report is primarily concerned with their study of urbanization which may be characterized by a continuum proceeding from an intact community to a megalopolis with urbanization as: socialization, change, migration, and as urbanism or a way of life. A sociocultural dynamics approach will guide the development and includes ideas from communication theory and sociocultural systems theory, and places the theoretical emphasis upon a cybernetic-communications model; other approaches studied by the project are summarized in an appendix. As a result, three important concepts are: 1) systems: role taking and role making; 2) variation in behavior, human values, cultural contexts, and belief systems; and, 3) traditional behaviors. The major student behavioral changes anticipated are: 1) preference for a problem solving approach; and, 2) social insight, tolerance, participation, cooperation, and community attitude. Instructional materials will be multimedia and comparative and historical inquiry methods will be used. Student research tools and a bibliography of references and films are appended. (Author/SBE)
Descriptors: Community Change, Community Study, Concept Teaching, Curriculum Development, Information Theory, Inquiry, Multimedia Instruction, Prediction, Projects, Secondary Education, Social Change, Social Studies, Social Systems, Socialization, Sociocultural Patterns, Student Research, Systems Approach, Urban Culture, Urban Studies, Urbanization
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Curriculum Project on Canada Studies, Edmonton (Alberta).
Identifiers: Canada; Historical Methods; Project Canada West