ERIC Number: ED117004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov-25
Reference Count: 0
The Social Studies in Their Golden Years: An Inhouse Medical Assay.
Gross, Richard E.
Fifteen reasons for the current negative status of the social studies as a curriculum in schools of the United States are provided. The 15 reasons include (1) lack of a well-planned, issue-centered, skill-oriented social studies curriculum program, (2) overdependence upon history and neglect of other social sciences, (3) lack of a minimum set of essential national social studies goals, (4) decline of the social studies from the organizational center of the elementary school program, (5) lack of conviction by administrators of the function of social studies, (6) discouragement by the failure of certain programs, (7) authoritarian image of the social studies teachers to the student, (8) weak role of the social studies department chairpersons and supervisors, (9) failure to gather and use parental and Public support, (10) lack of valid social studies assessment and evaluation procedures, (11) lack of humane classroom environments to motivate and interest students, (12) lack of sound research in the field of social studies education, (13) overemphasis of the content in social studies at the expense of skill development, (14) isolation of the school and classroom from the real world of the community, and (15) lack of firm conviction about the ethical values which social studies teach. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Abridged version of a speech presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Atlanta, Georgia, November 26-29, 1975)