ERIC Number: ED224745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Parents Expect More Than the Three R's in the Elementary Grades.
Evans, Charles S.; Weible, Tom
Parents of fifth and sixth grade pupils from a suburban St. Louis (Missouri) community were surveyed to ascertain their perceptions concerning the importance of elementary social studies and how it should be taught. More specifically, the investigation determined if parents' perceptions were consistent with the revised National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Curriculum Guidelines, since these represent what authorities in the field deem essential for an effective social studies program. The survey was distributed to 767 parents, with 215 responding. Survey items were extracted from the first seven major guideline areas of the NCSS guidelines. Parents overwhelmingly agreed that social studies is an important part of the elementary curriculum, and their perceptions are more consistent with the Revised NCSS Curriculum Guidelines than with what is occurring in the field. The findings suggest that perhaps schools should reconsider exaggerated commitments to a curriculum based on the 3 R's and focus attention on developing a well-rounded curriculum that will prepare students to deal with the issues of the 21st century. (Survey results are reported in a table by percentages which includes tabulated results from a pilot study conducted with parents in a rural midwestern community.) (RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Boston, MA, November, 1982).