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ERIC Number: ED124481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 53
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Social Studies Teachers' Perceptions of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Skills Goals: Implications for Curriculum Change and Faculty Development.
Kimpston, Richard D.
This paper reports on a study in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area designed to assess social studies teachers' perceptions of knowledge, attitudes, and skills goals in social studies education. Four hundred and sixty K-12 social studies teachers responded to the assessment instrument. The results indicated that secondary social studies teachers emphasize the teaching of content knowledge while elementary teachers give greater attention to the socialization of the child. Teachers from all grade levels believe that more emphasis should be placed on teaching social science knowledge. Greater emphasis is being given to processing and application skills than to knowledge acquisition and interpretation skills in the curriculum. However, teachers at various grade levels differ in their opinions about what skills are most important for their students. The overall data from the study indicates that there is not wide-spread dissatisfaction among the faculty with the present curriculum. The major implication for curriculum change is that priority goals, rather than social science disciplines per se, should serve as a basis for the design of the curriculum. Implications for staff development based on the assessment are also included. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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