ERIC Number: ED364455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Connections, Challenges, Choices: Report of the Florida Commission on Social Studies Education.
Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
This report of the Florida Commission on Social Studies Education reviews the status of social studies education in Florida public schools and makes recommendations for improving instruction to meet the needs of Florida students in grades K-12. In reviewing the status of social studies in Florida, the Commission concluded that there was no single, unifying vision that characterized the aims of social studies educators and other interested groups. The Commission found no program of study that gives cohesion to social studies courses. The Commission determined that primary focus should be placed on academics. Part 1 of this document contains three recommendations that the Commission believes will improve social studies education in Florida: (1) social studies educators adopt a unifying vision that will guide their teaching as they seek to develop well educated people; (2) school districts adopt a "best practices" comprehensive K-12 social studies program of study, guided by the vision, and emphasizing history and geography; and (3) academics become central to and paramount in schooling. The second part of the report describes the Florida social studies program of study. The program is divided into individual or clusters of grades from K-12. A chart lists each program and relates to a theme, the overall vision, and connections to various aspects of social studies including sociology, history, geography, economics, political science, ethics, and humanities. Each section includes areas for study, instructional strategies, and correlations between grades and areas. (DK)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.
Identifiers: Florida; Florida Commission on Social Studies Education