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Structuring and Teaching the Social Sciences: A New Approach to the Social Sciences in Teacher Education.
Colorado Univ., Boulder. Undergraduate Pre-Service Teacher Education Program.
The essence of the social science component of the Undergraduate Pre-Service Teacher Education Program (UPSTEP) is a 1-year, 12-semester-hour sequence, "Structuring and Teaching the Social Sciences," designed to present to future elementary and secondary teachers the fundamental ideas of economics, political science, anthropology, sociology, social psychology, and law and to relate these ideas to teaching situations from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The program is structured, interdisciplinary, and oriented towards social reality and the future. The sequence falls in the junior and senior years. Each semester contains a substantive and a methodological phase. In the substantive phase, lectures present the fundamental ideas and structure of each discipline. The methodological phase deals with the relationship of the social sciences to the classroom curriculum and consists of two parts: the curriculum materials workshop, which bridges the gap between lectures and laboratory, and the curriculum laboratory, where students work in committees with case studies. The committees, based on the orientations of the sequence, are the social reality, social problems, environment, and systems committees. (The remainder of the document contains charts, course objectives, and course outlines.) (Related documents are SP 006 874, 006 875, 006 876.) (JA)
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Authoring Institution: Colorado Univ., Boulder. Undergraduate Pre-Service Teacher Education Program.