ERIC Number: ED178391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Man and Politics: Curriculum Models for Junior High School Social Studies. Occasional Paper No. 4.
Written in 1965, the author describes the initial stages in the development of Man and Politics, a three year social studies curriculum for students ages 12-14. The author notes that the reason for choosing the political theme is that the school is the most influential agent of political socialization in the child's life. The report outlines the concepts of intellect and education upon which the curriculum is based, the goals, rationale, central theme, and framework of the curriculum, and describes the three units. The curriculum is based on discovery learning and the goals are described as providing children with experience in generalization, valuing, and causality. Following a discussion of the framework of the course, the three units are outlined. Inventing the Western World (Grade 7) encompasses the time span from the 5th century B.C. to 1600 A.D. and presents a variety of case studies related to power and political culture. From Subject to Citizen (Grade 8) draws its material from 17th and 18th century British and American experience. The Civic Culture (Grade 9) examines the nature, problems, prospects, and evolution of American political culture. Materials are designed to: provide children with the kind of data that scholars themselves work with, present data that demand deductive analysis, give children an opportunity to discover structure in the relationship of ideas, and increase the power of the student to deal with the modern condition. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Educational Services, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Note: Document prepared through the Social Studies Curriculum Program