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ERIC Number: ED110383
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Nov-1
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Means of Clarifying Terminology in Social Studies Curriculum.
Simon, Lawrence Howard
A resolution to the problem of confusion over the usage of terminology in the field of social studies curriculum is proposed. Facets of the problem of confusion are that (1) some terms represent such broad and imprecise concepts, and have little commonly accepted meaning; (2) a given term might have a limited number of meanings which accord with generally accepted predefinitional usage; and (3) a cluster of different terms may be used more or less synonymously to convey the same fundamental meaning. The author introduces a conceptual framework for social studies curriculum and presents definitions for two commonly used terms in the field of social studies curriculum: citizenship and inquiry. Each definition is intended to be philosophically and pedagogically consistent with the identified premises of its particular social studies tradition or focal point. The model isolates five focal points of factual subject matter, the child, reflective inquiry process, structure of the social science disciplines, and sociopolitical involvement. The model is a beginning toward development of a programmatic language for the field of social studies curriculum, and is easily applicable to other social science disciplines. (Author/JR)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Greensboro. Humanistic Education Project.