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ERIC Number: ED079203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 66
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An Approach to Social Education.
Cherryholmes, Cleo H.
Within the last decade research and development activity in the social studies has ranged from curriculum development projects to innovations in instructional strategies. Little effort has been expended, however, to justify these changes in curriculum and instructional strategies. The author suggests in this essay some purposes for social education and explores implications of these purposes in terms of curriculum and instruction. A normative theory is outlined based on the assumptions that 1) social education should increase the ability of students to make socially effective choices; 2) enhance the ability of students to assess systematically alternative social futures; and 3) equip the student to be a continuous social learner. Such aspects of social studies education as different approaches to the structure of the social sciences, the use of a largely unarticulated decision-making model as the "heart" of the social studies, and citizenship education as the goal of social studies education are critiqued in terms of the traditional social studies literature as well as in terms of the rationale set forth in the paper. (Author/SHM)
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