ERIC Number: ED040096
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun-10
Reference Count: 0
Tradition and Change in the Social Studies: Some Observations on a Decade of Reform.
Lunstrum, John P.
Trends in social studies education in the 1960's which appeared significant and which may well affect the developments of the next decade include: (1) curriculum evangelism--the zealous, uncritical pursuit of fashionable educational ideas--and the institutionalization of innovative changes, (2) restraints on intellectual freedom by the radical right and by the disenchantment of the emerging youth culture with the liberal-reformist tradition, (3) conflicting trends in international education--new programs treating Afro-Asian cultures from a non-western perspective vs. a simplistic, naive view of world affairs; state-required anti-communism courses vs. the Foreign Policy Association's K-12 program. These trends are expected to affect teacher education by focusing attention on new roles for change agents in in-service education and on the need for the systematic, somewhat protected and controlled entry into teaching. Professional literature in the 1960's has pointed up the need to prepare classroom practitioners to function "as teachers of the real world." (DJB)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Curriculum Development, International Education, Political Influences, Relevance (Education), Social Studies, Teacher Education
Social Science Education Consortium, 970 Aurora, Boulder, Colorado 80302
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.
Note: Presented at Social Science Education Consortium, Inc. Invitation Conference June 12-13, 1970, Denver, Colo.