ERIC Number: ED170254
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Hopes and Frustrations of an Innovator Developing a Social Science Education System.
The lack of a sound curriculum in the social sciences in the public schools is deplored in this position paper. This lack is attributed to poor teacher training in the subject, defective communication between the school and community, and with government grant-giving agencies. It is stated that communities are fearful of introducing relevant social studies because of their controversial character. Three approaches to remedy these problems are proposed based on a social science program for grades 1-6: the fundamental ideas of social sciences can be related to youth's experiences on different grade levels; development of teacher training programs to improve social competence and understanding of social science disciplines is essential; community awareness can be developed through the use of community profiles that will identify the values and standards that comprise the students' background and possible future life styles. Recommendations are made on priorities to be considered in developing a sound curriculum following these approaches. (JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Task Force on Curriculum Development.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for the NIE Curriculum Development Task Force; not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document; for related documents, see SP 014 095-115, SP 014 185-186, ED 124 530, ED 140 401, and ED 144 217