ERIC Number: ED065386
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
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Considerations Underlying a Public Issues Oriented Social Studies Curriculum.
Shaver, James P.
The content and components that can be included in the social studies curriculum are dependent upon how the discipline is defined. If social studies is not simply an offshoot of social sciences, but, rather a required general education program concerned with the preparation of citizens for reflective participation in a democratic society and with educational relevance, the curriculum can properly focus on public issues. Such a curriculum needs to be based on a realistic view of societal values and their relation to public controversy. The school can become a socializing force in American society depending upon how the society's basic values are handled in the classroom. Cohesiveness in society is dependent upon the sharing of a common frame of values. First, children need to be involved emotionally in commitment to basic American values, then helped to develop a rational basis for their values by giving additional meaning to the already existing values through considering consequences of value commitment, contradiction among values, and conflict and the pluralistic nature of society. This curriculum can be taught effectively within a school only if discrepancies between avowed values and the actual state of society are recognized and exposed, and only if pluralistic and political commitment, interchange, and involvement with society are modeled. (SJM)
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Authoring Institution: Utah State Univ., Logan. Coll. of Education.
Note: Paper presented at conference "A Search for Relevance in Inner City Social Studies," Aurora, Ohio, February 15, 1969