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ERIC Number: ED075291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Nov
Pages: 11
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Accountability in Social Studies--A Questioning View.
Hunkins, Francis P.
In this paper the author questions whether teachers should be held accountable in social studies. Accountability is viewed by the majority of educators as having its own merit due in part, perhaps, to recent emphasis placed on behavioral objectives and the way in which these objectives allow for performance measurement. Care must be taken that what is measured is not meaningless information. However, the more relevant educational perceptions, skills, understandings, and conclusions emphasized in the new social studies are difficult to put into behavioral objective terms. It is advocated that educators be held accountable for their actions, rather than the actions of others. Teacher accountability should relate primarily to the skills or process dimension of social studies, to arranging the necessary environment, and providing meaningful social studies topics from which students can make selections. When educators are held accountable for student actions, the thinking and actions of students become controlled to produce manageable, measureable behavior essentially at odds with the new social studies. In conclusion, the student, rather than the teacher, needs to be accountable for knowledge, skills, attitudes gained from the encounters planned by the teacher. (SJM)
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Note: Paper presented at the CUFA section, National Council for the Social Studies Convention, Boston, Massachusetts, November, 1972