ERIC Number: ED381414
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
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Building a Consensus for the Development of National Standards in History.
Bicouvaris, Mary Vassilikou
This document presents a research project that examined the process used by the National History Standards Project to build consensus for the development of national standards for teaching history in U.S. schools. Among the contentious issues on which the National History Standards Project had to reach consensus were: (1) content versus process; (2) the place of western civilization in the teaching of world history; and (3) the inclusion of minority contributions in the teaching of U.S. history. This dissertation is a case study that creates a chain of evidence with explicit links between the questions asked, the data collected, and the conclusions drawn. Multiple sources of evidence include primary data, participant observations, with purposeful group interviews conducted to corroborate the evidence. The conclusion reached in this study is that the National History Standards Project achieved a substantial and broad consensus of historians, professional associations, precollegiate teachers, and a wide spectrum of civic, educational, professional, and minority associations to write national standards for history. How the consensus building process of the National History Standards Project might be applied to similar situations is also discussed. Contains 184 references. (DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Identifiers: Consensus; National History Standards; National History Standards Project
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, Old Dominion University.