ERIC Number: ED171461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Educational Outcomes of Social Studies Programs in Rural Schools.
Easton, Stanley E.
Performance of rural 13-year-olds on the 1971-1972 social studies assessment by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) were reviewed in terms of three major exercise themes. Performance on skill exercises revealed rural strengths in source selection and human affairs insights, but weaknesses in reading maps and graphs. Fewer than 30% determined the social message behind selected songs. Results of knowledge exercises revealed that rural students know much about local issues, and the distribution of federal, state, and local power. Fifty percent comprehended foreign political systems, but only about 22% demonstrated knowledge of world affairs or geography. Only 16% understood the U.S. election process. Attitudinal exercises showed about 90% supporting the right to choose one's own religion and 57% felt that a non-believer in God had the right to hold public office. Although 94% wanted to improve conditions in other poor neighborhoods, only 30% felt they knew how. Only 56% defended their right to maintain an opinion opposed to that of the majority. Just 36% supported freedom of the press. The social studies attainments of rural youth were fairly typical of the entire population. (SB) Aspect of National Assessment (NAEP) dealt with in this document: Results (Secondary Analyses).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Assessment of Educational Progress
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Cincinnati, Ohio, November 1977)