ERIC Number: ED386456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Feb
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The Importance of Social Foundations: Teacher Education Curriculum Reform in One Small Private College.
Williams, Jeanne; And Others
The Ripon College (Wisconsin) education department is engaged in a major curriculum reform effort to include study in curriculum, pedagogy, and social foundations. In particular, an effective social foundations curriculum is being implemented to engage students in the historical, political, sociological, and philosophical ideas that impact instruction in the U.S. classroom. The social foundations core sequence in the revised curriculum consists of 4 courses totaling 11 credits: School and Society (historical foundations), Human Relations in Education (sociological foundations), Education and the State (political foundations), and Philosophical and Social Issues in Education (an integrative capstone course). The social foundations core is designed to provide a broad knowledge base, to develop skills in the critical analysis of education using the tools of social science and history, and to examine the intersections and conflicts of social foundations perspective with psychological foundations and curriculum and instruction. The core attempts to provide teachers with an academic base for understanding the social function of education and developing an informed democratic citizenry. (Contains 29 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Reform Efforts; Ripon College WI; Social Foundations of Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Independent Liberal Arts Colleges for Teacher Education (Washington, DC, February 1995).