ERIC Number: ED100752
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Jul
Reference Count: 0
A Framework for Social Science Education.
Fox, Robert; And Others
This behavioral science-based framework for a social studies curriculum stresses an interdisciplinary inquiry approach to the scientific study of human behavior. It is based on a model developed by the Michigan Social Science Education Project and published by Science Research Associates. The concepts of social psychology are used to integrate the various social science disciplines and provide relevance to the psychological world of the students. The structure of the inquiry process forms the dimensions and sequence of the curriculum. This is detailed in two flow charts and commentaries which map out the rationships between the objects of inquiry activity, the inquiry activities themselves, the methodologies of inquiry, the supports for the inquiry learning process, and the outcomes of inquiry learning activities. The criteria for selection of the content of inquiry projects include problem relevance or urgency, use of core concepts from the social sciences, use of core concepts from other domains of knowledge, and methods and processes basic to social science inquiry. Techniques to enrich and extend the content are discussed. In conclusion, collaboration is urged between social scientists and educators, teachers and curriculum developers, and curriculum developers and publishers in order to relate significant social science concepts to the realities of the life space of young people. (SH)
Descriptors: Behavioral Sciences, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models, Process Education, Secondary Education, Social Psychology, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Social Science Education Consortium, 855 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302 (SSEC publication #159, $0.85, prepaid)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.