ERIC Number: ED044348
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1965-Oct-29
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The Structure of the Social Sciences and Citizenship Education.
Shaver, James P.; Oliver, Donald W.
Can a structure be created that provides a broader and more valid base for the general education curriculum in the social studies than would the structure of social science disciplines? One alternative would be to focus on the making of decisions about public issues as the crucial element of citizenship behavior in a democracy. Using the common threefold defintion, the structure would involve: 1) subject or field --making and affecting policy decisions in this society; 2) substantive concepts --those useful in describing and understanding the issues and the context in which decisions about them must be made; and, 3) syntactical or methodological concepts --those useful in arriving at rationally justified policy decisions. The social sciences have much to contribute to understanding crucial issues, but so do ethics, logic, and the humanities. In addition, some research evidence suggests that concepts will be better retained and more readily transferred to the non-classroom public controversy setting if the relevance of the concepts to handling an array of issues important to the society and to the student is made clear. It is clear that a citizenship education curriculum must be based on more than the structure of the social sciences, and must be developed at a level above that of the individual course. (Author/SBE)
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Authoring Institution: Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters, Salt Lake City.