ERIC Number: ED130978
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Social Studies Survey.
Utah State Board of Education, Salt Lake City.
Social studies teachers, 12th grade students, and parents of students in junior and senior high school were surveyed about the social studies curriculum in Utah schools in 1975. The goal of the survey was to provide educators with information for planning and evaluation of current and future social studies programs. Questionnaires were administered to randomly-selected respondents, and parents were interviewed as well. Interpretive findings are summarized for 18 question areas concerning textbooks, homework, other reading material, invited guests, community experiences, resource aids, individualized programs, leadership, United Nations, human relations, deciding what is to be taught, parental inclusion, home values, comparing social studies classes, social studies emphasis, whether social studies should be required, rating social studies usefulness, and identifying what social studies classes are doing best and how to improve. Findings show that all groups agree that invited guests and resource aids should be utilized; many teachers and students are unaware as to whether the community is used as a base for social studies learning experiences; teacher opinions prevail in deciding course content; and parents feel most strongly that teaching home values is important. Among recommended improvements are better teaching, individualized instruction, and out-of-classroom learning experiences. (AV)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum, Data Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Individualized Instruction, Learning Experience, Parent Attitudes, Questionnaires, Resources, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Board of Education, Salt Lake City.
Note: For related documents, see ED 065 383 and SO 009 579