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ERIC Number: ED168623
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Mar-22
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
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The Social Science Curriculum in the Community and Junior College.
Friedlander, Jack
A primary objective of this study was to identify the extent to which different areas within the social sciences (i.e., anthropology, economics, history, interdisciplinary social sciences, political science, psychology, social/ethnic studies, and sociology) are presented in the two-year college curriculum. Information on course offerings in each of these social science areas were obtained from two nationwide studies of approximately 175 two-year colleges each conducted by the Center for the Study of Community Colleges during 1977 and 1978. Results show that over 90% of the colleges offered at least one course in each of the following five areas: sociology (100%), economics (99%), psychology (99%), political science (93.8%), and history (92.1%). Percentages in other areas were 54% in anthropology, 40% in interdisciplinary social sciences, and 20% in social/ethnic studies. In terms of course availability to different student populations, the study revealed that: (1) other than the general introductory survey courses, the range of transfer-oriented courses was very limited; (2) with very few exceptions, social science courses designed especially for occupational students were not available; (3) a low percentage of colleges offered a general introductory social science course for continuing education students; and (4) still fewer social science courses were designed for developmental education students. (MB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Curriculum Balance
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Community College Social Science Association (San Diego, March 8-10, l979)