ERIC Number: ED113241
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: 0
High School Students' Perceptions of Social Studies. Occasional Paper No. 6.
Fernandez, Celestino; And Others
Students in eight urban and three suburban high schools were asked for their perceptions of social studies, mathematics, and English. Although most students thought that learning all three subjects was important, they believed that learning social studies was less important than learning mathematics and English. The majority thought that their grade in social studies was more important than learning the subject. The students felt that their parents, counselors, and friends supported these views. Fewer than one-third of the urban students were high on measures of articulation between social studies and future occupations. Social studies teachers were generally perceived as little different from other teachers on affective measures and only slightly higher as interested in students as people. Social studies was perceived as being easier than mathematics, a finding which tends to be reflected in students' grades. Problem areas for teachers of social studies are noted, and suggestions for dealing with them are offered. (Author/ND)
Descriptors: Achievement Rating, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Research, Educational Research, English, Grades (Scholastic), High School Students, Learning Motivation, Mathematics, Perception, Rural Urban Differences, Secondary Education, Social Influences, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Success
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Center for Research and Development in Teaching.