ERIC Number: ED062224
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
Adolescent Alienation: Some Ideas and Approaches for Social Studies Teachers.
Sander, Daryl L.
This paper draws upon interviews with several eminent behavioral scientists who are well acquainted with the American educational scene in order to: 1) glean the latest, freshest ideas from behavioral science; and, 2) to focus the paper sharply upon alienation as seen in its relationship to the schools. First, the origins of the concept of alienation and its contemporary meaning are examined. Varying perspectives on alienation, and its relationship to the generation gap, are offered by Dr. Keith Davis, Dr. Edward Joseph Shoben, and Dr. Gilbert Wrenn. The major part of the paper is devoted to the challenge for the school and approaches for the social studies teacher. Ways to make schools less rigid and impersonal are suggested. Among several ideas for social studies teachers, Wrenn recommends careful attention to group process and group tolerance of deviant ideas. Davis sees moral development as being the desired focus for much of social studies, and would utilize small discussion groups for probing moral dilemmas. Developing student discussion out of cognitive conflict derived from moral dilemmas finds application in numerous conceptual areas. Finally, content of the social studies curriculum can hardly be perceived as relevant by youth unless it provides for consideration of what Hunt and Metcalf have described as closed areas. (Author/JLB)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.