ERIC Number: ED177023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Three Studies on Perception and Utilization of "New Social Studies" Materials.
Hahn, Carole L.; And Others
Three studies are described which explore use of "new social studies" materials as of 1974. The term "new social studies" is given to materials and teaching approaches developed during the 1960s by projects which were largely funded by the United States Office of Education and the National Science Foundation. The three main chapters in this monograph describe studies that were originally unconnected but that all focused on the diffusion of the new social studies materials. The first study examined how potential adopters perceived the new social studies materials and how those perceptions were related to the potential adopters' attitudes toward the materials. Participants were 495 teachers, department chairpersons, and supervisors in Indiana, Ohio, Florida, and Georgia. The second study sought to determine how many teachers had heard of, examined, and were using new social studies materials. It related the respondents' levels of awareness and adoption to characteristics such as membership in professional organizations, academic majors, school size, and years of teaching experience. Respondents were 252 teachers from five midwestern states. The third study focused on educators who had adopted the materials, their characteristics, and their perceptions about the effectiveness of the materials compared to others they were using or had used. A sample of 980 responses from California, Colorado, Texas, and Connecticut formed the basis for this study. A concluding chapter draws conclusions and suggests topics for future research. (Author/AV)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Attitude Change, Curriculum Research, Diffusion, Educational Innovation, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Dissemination, Information Utilization, Literature Reviews, Social Studies, Use Studies
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., 855 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302 ($4.00, SSEC Publication No. 200)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.
Identifiers: New Social Studies
Note: Figure 1 on page 14 and Table 1 on page 19 may not reproduce clearly in paper copy from EDRS due to small print type of original document