ERIC Number: ED063223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Project Wingspread. Metropolitan Community Resources as the Interface for Open Communications: Ideology and Social Studies Action Programs.
Talmage, Harriet; Mendelson, Lloyd J.
This paper, presented in 1971 at the National Council for Social Studies Conference in Denver, advocates structuring elementary and secondary social studies programs around social intelligence in the Deweyan sense rather than building them around ideology. Too often programs espousing an ideology are touted as the best approach toward solving social problems in America when in fact they soon become obsolescent, predetermine student judgements, and predispose a conclusion. Project Wingspread, a social intelligence building program with ideological roots steeped in liberal tradition, goes beyond acknowledgement of social injustice. Rather it emphasizes cross community cooperation of suburban and urban students exposing them to racial and cultural diversity. Ten program objectives espoused no single ideology: each student formulated his personal views on issues after investigating community problems. Implications of these types of exchange program are: 1) social studies curriculum development; 2) cross community cooperation; 3) alternative types of exchange programs; and, 4) role of ideology in social action programs. Related documents are SO 003 074 and SO 003 091. (SJM)
Descriptors: Community Resources, Community Schools, Community Study, Conference Reports, Cultural Interrelationships, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Experimental Programs, Field Experience Programs, Free Choice Transfer Programs, Intercultural Programs, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Units of Study, Urban Studies
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Chicago Board of Education, IL.