ERIC Number: ED061117
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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A Rationale for Elementary Social Studies Programs: Area of Instructional Services.
New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe.
This booklet presents an updated rationale for elementary social studies in New Mexico's schools to serve as a catalyst for curricular change and a foundation upon which to build "new" social studies programs which are conceptually based, organized, and implemented. New programs should help students develop analytical skills while learning to empathize like humanists. Objectives, incorporating a combination of humanistic, citizenship and intellectual education, are to help the child: 1) develop an adequate self concept; 2) desire to preserve our national heritage; 3) understand conflicts and how to resolve conflicts; 4) develop loyalty to the state, nation, and to all mankind; 5) accept need for social change; 6) build awareness of the value of work; 7) comprehend the ideal of the dignity of man; and, 8) understand the concept of government by consent of the governed. Key substantive concepts to be considered in a program are: causality, conflict, cooperation, cultural change, differences, independence, modification, power, and social control. Content and instructional strategies are utilized to achieve the stated purposes and to help develop understanding of key concepts. Almost half of the book is devoted to social studies scope and sequence outlines, grades 1-6, from the Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Los Alamos Public Schools. A bibliography compiled by the Foreign Policy Association, published in 1970, is included. (Author/SJM)
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Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Dept. of Education, Santa Fe.
Identifiers: New Mexico