ERIC Number: ED132105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
History and the Social Studies. Issues Current in the Social Studies.
Dante, Harris L.
The role of history in a modern social studies program is unclear. The reason for the weakening of history's place in the curriculum is also unclear since educators generally agree that history and literature should be the core subjects in any humanities or cultural studies program. The problems posed by history instruction in a modern educational setting and in making history courses relevant stem both from the nature of the discipline and from the way history is often taught. History can contribute various levels of generalization and understanding to an issues-oriented social studies course. Although history does lend itself to narration, description, and chronology, many prospective social studies teachers find it difficult to relate history to behavioral sciences and to the present. In spite of numerous problems related to the teaching of history, historians should not despair that their subject will be removed from the junior and senior high school curriculum. Instead, they should look forward to a future in which history will be incorporated into the social studies in an innovative manner. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Council for the Social Studies.