ERIC Number: ED190471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Looking At...Important Topics in the Social Studies.
Williams, Ann M., Comp.
This publication contains reprints of interviews with leading educators on specific topics of interest to social studies educators at the elementary, secondary, and college level. Twelve interviews from the "Looking At" series were selected to be reprinted in this anthology because the topics are still timely and the comments of the educators interviewed are still pertinent and valuable. All interviewees were invited to update their interviews. Some made no revisions at all; in most cases the changes they made were few and minor. Topics include school ethnography, public doublespeak, oral history, back to basics in social studies, reading in the social studies, evaluating values education, local history, citizenship education, staff development, teaching about aging, international education, and teachers' centers. The first interview is on school ethnography and includes a discussion of how ethnographic data can provide careful description and cultural analysis of what is going on in a school. The interview on public doublespeak will be of interest to teachers concerned about honesty and clarity in communication. Oral history is discussed as a teaching method which can be used in the precollegiate study of local history. One interview examines what the back to basics issues meant for social studies educators. It is pointed out that social studies in the elementary schools is not in very good shape because of lack of emphasis on content knowledge. At the secondary level most able students are getting very good programs; however, the average and below average students are being greatly short changed by watered down courses. The back to basics approach will rectify this situation if it results in a reexamination of what the public wants the schools to accomplish and an examination of whether they are actually accomplishing it. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Anthologies, Basic Skills, Citizenship Education, Content Area Reading, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnography, Higher Education, International Education, Interviews, Local History, Older Adults, Oral History, Social Studies, Staff Development, Teacher Centers, Values Education
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., 855 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80302 ($6.95)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.