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ERIC Number: ED133248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Anthropology and Openmindedness: A Restructuring of the Social Studies Curriculum.
Dynneson, Thomas L.
The potential use of anthropology for restructuring both the general curriculum and social studies is discussed. Anthropology could work as an organizer because it is a broad based discipline and relates to the natural sciences, fine arts, language arts, and humanities, as well as to the social sciences. By the beginning of the 21st century, major changes can be expected in public school curricula. Curricular organization will most likely be based on integrated models. As an organization model for the social studies, anthropology could integrate the social sciences into a balanced and cohesive, well-integrated curriculum. Due to its multifaceted perspective, anthropology can aid students in resolving issues by training them to better understand technology, the processes and functions of society, social alienation, social conflict, value systems, processes of change, and knowledge of a variety of cultural patterns. Because the 21st century will undoubtedly emerge as a century of global relationships, this broadening influence on students is extremely important. Anthropologists will probably base curriculum organization on integrated models in which related disciplines play a significant part. Two charts illustrating the structure, concepts, and disciplines in an anthropology-centered curriculum are included. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Interdisciplinary Approach, Models, Persuasive Discourse, Prediction, Social Studies, Values
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Washington, D.C., November 4-7, 1976)