ERIC Number: ED064225
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
(Urban Studies Project). Implementing Urban Studies as a Social Studies Elective in the Milwaukee Public Schools. A Report to the Social Studies Supervisors' Association of the National Council for the Social Studies.
Milwaukee Public Schools, WI. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.
In February, 1971, the Milwaukee Public Schools approved the establishment of "Urban Studies" as a one year elective social studies course. A program Improvement Proposal (PIP) was then formulated to solve implementation problems for this program, stressing use of the city as a learning laboratory. Objectives of the proposal were that teachers in schools involved in the project would: 1) initiate a course in urban studies in the fall; 2) develop an urban studies course outline; 3) and 4) use at least 75% of both the kit and innovative teaching/learning strategies from the High School Geography Project entitled "Geography of Cities"; 5) incorporate community and government resource people into their courses. The state also approved a special Title II Project which provided for acquisition of HSGP materials. A ten day inservice teacher workshop held in August, 1971, offered featured speakers; work with HSGP and other materials; participation in an all day, city field experience; and planning of course outlines and lesson plans. Preliminary feedback from project teachers suggests that the workshop was successful, particularly in the development of useful materials and the use of a laboratory approach to teaching/learning, and what was learned in the workshop was highly transferable into the classroom. (SJM)
Descriptors: Community Resources, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Human Geography, Inservice Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutes (Training Programs), School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Summer Programs, Teacher Developed Materials, Teacher Workshops, Urban Culture, Urban Studies
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Milwaukee Public Schools, WI. Div. of Curriculum and Instruction.