ERIC Number: ED044317
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Reference Count: 0
Guiding Children Through the Social Studies.
Reynolds, Robert W.; And Others
This guide for elementary grade teachers is designed to present a perspective for the social studies which will enable teachers, and hence their students, "to discern coherence, continuity and preciseness in the study of human affairs." It reflects on interdisciplinary approach, based on the relatedness of the social sciences and strongly emphasizing the processes of concept development and generalization. Inductive methods are stressed in descriptions of learning situations showing relatedness between teacher purpose; pupil purpose; learning activities; accumulation of related sets of facts; concepts; subgeneralizations; major generalizations. In the last two chapters consideration is given to learner characteristics and reasonable cognitive and behavioral objectives for the primary and intermediate grade child. A multidimensional study of home and community stressing generalizations about human interdependence is recommended for the primary level. For the intermediate grades, it is suggested that an in-depth, laboratory study of a particular culture can, when organized on the above principles, encourage children to better understand their own environment and to gain insights into the relatedness of school curriculum to problems of personal and social significance. (JLB)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Behavioral Objectives, Citizenship, Cognitive Objectives, Concept Formation, Concept Teaching, Elementary Education, Generalization, Induction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
National Education Association, 1201 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($1.00; quantity discounts)
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Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.