ERIC Number: ED067308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Carnegie-Mellon University Social Studies Curriculum Project. A New History of the United States: An Inquiry Approach.
The CMAS is a system of instructional materials analysis consisting of a detailed comprehensive taxonomy of questions on product characteristics, rationale and objectives, content, theory and strategies, antecedent conditions, evaluation, background of materials development, and on background of the analysis. Documents related to or offering an explanation of the analysis system are ED 039 159, ED 040 094, ED 041 794, and ED 049 134. A brief summary of the course which is analyzed, "New History of the United States: An Inquiry Approach," is described in ED 051 059. Subject areas of this course are history, political science, and economics. More than 500 analysis items are used for the eight major and numerous minor topics of evaluation. The substantive content is analyzed as moderately sound, and the physical and technical content as very good, although more visual materials could have been included in the text. The author's rationale is implicit and fairly clear to the analyst, while the objectives set forth are very clear. Primary goals of the materials, as seen by the analyst, are for students to become skilled in the scientific method, questioners of existing knowledge and values, and creative, divergent thinkers. Cognitive objectives are stated clearly with emphasis on analytical thinking, and affective objectives are also stated. Cognitive content of the materials is judged as unbiased, of good quality, and balanced in values, with much emphasis placed upon analytical questioning and inquiry. (SJM)
Descriptors: Behavioral Objectives, Content Analysis, Course Evaluation, Curriculum Evaluation, Economics, History, Inquiry, Political Science, Program Evaluation, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.