ERIC Number: ED214850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Undisciplined Social Studies: An Analysis of NCSS Programs, 1976-1980.
This study has two objectives: (1) to classify and analyze the content of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) annual meetings for the last five years; and (2) to suggest implications of the findings within the context of historical definitions, contemporary problems, and long-range goals and objectives of the social studies. Data are the content of the sessions of the annual meetings of NCSS for the years 1976-1980 as published in meeting programs. In the analysis of the data, three major components were identified and studied: content area, primary objective of each session, and presence of a research base. Conclusions follow. As evidenced by professional practice, social studies is very broad and not systematically organized even within specific content areas. Social studies as practiced is only tenuously related to the traditional academic disciplines that the public presumes to be social studies. Social studies is predominately concerned with contemporary social problems; it is a reactive profession. There is little evidence of organized attempts to find definitive answers to persistent problems. Professional practice, particularly as it relates to classroom practices, has a very thin research base. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; 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 American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19, 1982).