ERIC Number: ED102038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Utilization of New Social Studies Curriculum Programs. SSEC No. 178.
Turner, Mary Jane; Haley, Frances
The research in this report presents and analyzes data on the extent of use of nine new secondary social studies curriculum materials in four states. These include: American Political Behavior, Asian Studies Inquiry Series, Episodes in Social Inquiry, Geography in an Urban Age, Holt Social Studies Curriculum, Justice in Urban America, Patterns in Human History, Public Issues Series, and Units in American History. The data also includes selected characteristics of users, their perceptions about the effectiveness of the products, and comparisons with other social studies materials. Nine hundred and eighty teachers in California, Colorado, Connecticut, and Texas responded to and returned the 15-page questionnaire. Findings show that only 42 percent of the teachers use the materials, with the highest percentage coming from Connecticut and the lowest from Texas. Holt Social Studies Curriculum is the most widely used, while Patterns in Human History is the least. Teacher characteristics affecting utilization include holding of a permanent contract, professional status, membership in professional organizations, and location of school. The users hae overwhelmingly positive opinions about the effectiveness and comparison of the new materials. The appendix includes a copy of the questionnaire and data sheets on the materials by the Social Science Education Consortium. (Author/DE)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Curriculum Development, Educational Research, Evaluation, Information Dissemination, Information Utilization, Projects, Questionnaires, Social Studies, State Surveys, Teacher Characteristics, Use Studies
Social Science Education Consortium, 855 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302 (SSEC No. 178 $2.50)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.