ERIC Number: ED096185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
The Status of Political Science Instruction in American Secondary Schools.
Turner, Mary Jane
This paper, second in a series which deals with trends in the precollegiate teaching of the various social science disciplines, discusses the status of political science instruction in American secondary schools. Primary objectives of political education courses include such goals as training for citizenship, participation in, and understanding of democratic institutions. While these objectives are accepted by educators, the curriculum established for their achievement is widely criticized, resulting in new teaching strategies, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials which have been developed to accomplish the old goals as well as the new objectives made necessary by demands of a more complex society. The history, criticisms, and reform of political science education are discussed in this paper. Contents include the following: (1) Introduction, (2) History, (3) Criticisms of the Prevailing Modes of Political Science Education, (4) Sources and Directions of Reform, (5) Types of New Curricula Containing Political Science Content, (6) Other New Trends, (7) Concluding Remarks. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Course Objectives, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Status Comparison, Educational Trends, History, Interdisciplinary Approach, Political Science, Resource Materials, Secondary Education, Social Sciences, State of the Art Reviews, Surveys
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., 855 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302 (SSEC Publication No. 169, $1.50)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers - Location: United States