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ERIC Number: ED098104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
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A Parent's Guide to the Social Studies.
Social Education, v38 n6 Oct 1974
This guide gives parents answers to seven questions: (1) What are the social studies? (2) How are the social studies taught? (3) Why do social studies educators say that knowing information is not enough? (4) Why are there so many social studies courses? (5) What is happening to the language of the social studies? (6) What issues are discussed in social studies classes? (7) How can parents help their children in the social studies? The answers emphasize that social studies focus on people, the world, and the relationship between these two and that, in consequence of this broad scope, social studies have expanded outside of the traditional history courses to include all of the social science disciplines. Social studies also emphasize skill in the thinking processes, not just in the acquisition of facts, and in freedom to inquire openly. Examples of ways in which parents can help their children with social studies include encouraging their children to express their own ideas at home; subscribing to at least two periodicals with differing points of view; taking an active part in PTA; going with their children to political, economic, or social events; and maintaining their faith in the ability of human beings to solve their problems. (JH)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Trends, Elementary Education, Guidelines, Inquiry, Parent Education, Parent Influence, Parent School Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Process Education, Secondary Education, Social Sciences, Social Studies
National Council for the Social Studies, 1201 16th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($0.75 each, $0.50 for two to 24 copies, $0.35 for 25 to 99 copies, $0.25 for 100-299 copies, and $0.20 for 300 or more copies)
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.