ERIC Number: ED106214
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Controversial Issues in the Social Studies: A Contemporary Perspective. 45th Yearbook, 1975.
Muessig, Raymond H., Ed.
This Yearbook is an expression of the National Council for the Social Studies' conviction that social studies teachers need to recognize their responsibility for introducing controversial issues into the classroom. Examination of social problems serve as a means to teach students how to think, rather than what to think, so that students will be able to assume the responsibility of democratic citizenship. Critical thinking skills can be taught by examining the problems inherent in a democratic society. Background materials and some teaching suggestions are presented to the teacher for dealing successfully with social problems in the classroom. Part one of the document provides theoretical and practical aspects of handling controversial issues, including teacher preparation and models. Part two offers examples of specific areas of controversy. Chapter titles include "Should Traditional Sex Models and Values Be Changed"; "Should the Study of Death Be a Necessary Preparation for Living"; "Should the Majority Rule"; "Should Integration be a Societal Goal in a Pluralistic Nation"; "Should We Believe That Our Planet is in Peril"; and "Should the Nation-State Give Way to Some Form of World Organization?- (Author/JR)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Course Content, Critical Thinking, Cultural Pluralism, Death, Educational Improvement, Educational Resources, Elementary Secondary Education, Environmental Education, Sex Education, Social Attitudes, Social Problems, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Values, Yearbooks
National Council for the Social Studies, 1201 Sixteenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 ($8.75)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.