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ERIC Number: ED124489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May
Pages: 5
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Trends in Social Studies Education: It's Our Responsibility. Issues Current in the Social Studies.
Risinger, C. Frederick
The purposes of this paper are to identify the current trends in social studies curriculum and teaching strategies and to make some projections about the future. Three conflicting movements, or paradoxes, are identified. The first paradox is the back-to-the-basics movement vs. an expanded curriculum. This is due to conservative reactions to useless courses and teaching methods that change basic American values, which conflict with a trend toward broader, more diversified curricula that deemphasize traditional courses. A conflict between emphasizing the individual vs. creating a responsible "community-ship" is the second paradox. On one side is a trend toward exploring feelings and values, and on the other is renewed emphasis on responsible participation in the community. The third paradox involves interest in the local community vs. global awareness. An increasingly fragmented society causes family relationships and background to become more important but also creates the need for global studies and global education. It is advised that educators use parts of all the trends to create a new, synthesized curriculum. Conflicts involved in the first paradox appear to be nonresolvable, the second is a choice that must be made, and the third conflict will probably continue for a long time. It is the teacher's responsibility to know these trends so they can make qualified curriculum decisions and choices. (ND)
Publication Type: Books
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Council for the Social Studies.