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ERIC Number: ED059935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-22
Pages: 24
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The Role of the Social Studies in Public Education.
Byrne, T. C.
This paper was prepared for a social studies curriculum conference in Alberta in June, 1967. It provides a point of view on curriculum building which could be useful in establishing a national service in this field. The basic assumption is that the social studies should in some measure change the behavior of the students (a sharp departure from the rationale of the information and storage retrieval learning theories of the forties and fifties). Since values held by an individual or group are powerful determinants of behavior, the social studies teachers must be concerned with values and value systems. The curriculum should be designed around their needs and interests to generate relevancy, rather than reflect the dictates of the discipline. Knowledge is essential but if outcomes are not so much what a student knows but how he behaves in certain situations, content becomes not the end but the means. Students who have been exposed to several years of social studies should exemplify the following behaviors: 1) examine social issues critically; 2) question assumptions; 3) be suspicious of action that limits the rights of others; 4) identify and reject prejudice; and, 5) determine reliability of information sources. When the social studies program accomplishes some of these purposes, it has justified its role. The success of such curriculum design resides with the teacher who is broadly educated within the social sciences. (Author/SJM)
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Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada