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ERIC Number: ED133285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of a Given Group of Elementary Children's Rankings of Social Studies with Other Subject Matter in Grades Three and Five.
Rushdoony, Haig A.
The relationship between social studies preference and other subject matter preferences of elementary children over a two-year period is analyzed. A forced-choice test requiring students to rank order five basic subjects was administered to 75 pupils in randomly selected third-grade classes. Students represented the socioeconomic structure of an agricultural community in central California during 1971-72. Fifth-grade classes in the same schools were tested two years later. Extensive statistical analysis of results was performed, with the following conclusions: (1) children tend to value a subject equally well from primary to intermediate grades, with the exception of language; (2) children do not highly value social studies in relation to other subject matter; (3) social studies is better liked in grade 5 than in grade 3, but the difference seems insignificant; (4) when social studies is compared statistically with other subjects over a two-year period, children tend not to change their subject matter preferences; and (5) differences in subject matter preference appear to be more economically biased, with the disadvantaged student preferring social studies. Issues arising from the study include extent to which curriculum developers account for preference changes in preparation of material and whether preference changes result by chance, in response to new social studies programs, or as an outcome of teacher enthusiasm. (AV)
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); Not available in hard copy due to poor legibility of original document