ERIC Number: ED212548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
How to Maintain Creativity in Social Studies: Challenges for the Professional Organization.
Hahn, Carole L.
Social studies educators must marshal all creative resources to meet the global, national, and personal challenges that face them as members of the major social studies professional organization, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS). Based on a continuation of current policies and lifestyles, dramatic global changes such as population explosion, malnutrition, and depleted resources, will be occurring. The challenge is to inform and provide materials for social studies students who will be the generation that can influence policymakers to redirect existing trends. The NCSS can provide speakers for conventions, write articles, hold workshops, and think creatively about how they can relate to global realities. Another challenge facing the NCSS is to actively work for a social and political environment supportive of social studies education. This could be accomplished by (1) having a volunteer network to monitor legislation and Boards of Education; (2) building links with parents, school board, business, and labor organizations and educating them to see a need of reflective inquiry in classrooms; and (3) communicating to the lay public findings from recent research in political socialization and moral development. A third challenge is to provide for more research in social studies by having the NCSS research committee and CUFA create a network of scholars. Finally, the NCSS needs to be what they are--a professional organization where creative problem solving becomes the collective style. (NE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: National Council for the Social Studies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Detroit, MI, November 20, 1981).