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ERIC Number: ED231749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun-11
Reference Count: 0
The Social Study of Science and Society: The Implications of Political Specialization for Social Science Curriculum Development.
Miller, Jon D.
Given the lack of interest among college and high school students and the declining rates of participation in political affairs, the concept of political specialization has significant implications for teaching political science. Research reveals that almost 90 percent of high school students who do not plan to attend college are either completely apolitical or without any specific issue interest; approximately 44 percent of college students fall into the same category. To address this problem, the political science curriculum (as well as the social science curriculum in general) can develop courses focusing on political specialization. Two basic models may be implemented. One involves the creation of courses that present the intersection of politics and a substantive area, e.g., a course on science and society, nuclear power, air pollution, or acid rain. Students would take selected roles in the controversy and develop strategies to seek a given policy outcome. The second model involves the simultaneous use of "cases" from several substantive areas, with students selecting those cases or issues of greatest interest to them. Examples are the construction of a new sports arena (for athletically minded students), establishment of a publicly funded civic orchestra (for music students), or the creation of an economic development authority (for business students). In each case, the problem would be posed with conflicting roles and the solution would require a working knowledge of the political system. (KC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Computer Uses in Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Social Science Education Consortium (Athens, GA, June 8-11, 1983).