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ERIC Number: ED073124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 16
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The Social Studies Curriculum and Standardized Achievement Tests.
Farrar, Carroll D.
Curriculum developments in general from 1893 through the 1960's are first discussed, followed by curriculum developments in the social studies from 1916 to the present time. Progress in standardized social studies achievement tests dates from the early 1930's, at which time a Commission on the Social Studies attempted to apply new test techniques to the social studies. The key issues were the stating of precise objectives and the manner in which test items would be selected. Current tests are found to be of limited value because of a lack of clarity concerning the content of social studies tests. If standardized achievement tests in the social sciences are to continue to be used, the most sophisticated systems available should be used to derive test items and achievement tests based on these instructional objectives. The development of such achievement tests could contribute to a wider acceptance of new instructional materials, and the diagnostic values of these tests could be of considerable aid to teachers and other professionals concerned with the social science programs. (DB)
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Note: Paper presented at the Mid-South Educational Research Association, New Orleans, November, 1972