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ERIC Number: ED156547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
State Social Studies Councils and the Diffusion of New Social Studies Materials: Alabama as a Case Study.
Ferguson, Patrick
Examination of the experience of the Alabama Social Studies Council in diffusing instructional material can provide insight into the proper diffusion role of state councils and into the effectiveness of diffusion efforts. Factors which affect diffusion efforts include the nature and composition of the social studies council, the mandated course of study, related textbook laws, the function of the state department of education, composition of the student population, and the qualifications and attitudes of teachers and supervisors. The Alabama Council is a relatively small organization (about 100 members) with a modest financial base. Membership consists primarily of secondary and higher education social studies educators. Alabama students represent a heterogeneous population, with state wide reading norms below the national average. Many teachers throughout Alabama are deficient in their social studies and general educational preparation. The Alabama Social Studies Council has centered diffusion efforts on the annual social studies conference, and has also attempted to make educators aware of new materials through the council newsletter, teacher workshops, local efforts of council members, and contacts with state department of education officials. Based on the Alabama case study, the conclusion is that state social studies councils should serve a communicative rather than an exhortative function with regard to the adoption of new materials. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Alabama
Note: For related documents, see SO 010 539, SO 010 542-543; Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Cincinnati, Ohio, November 23-26, 1977); Not available in hard copy from EDRS due to poor reproducibility of original document