ERIC Number: ED134483
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Concept Teaching in Social Studies.
Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Curriculum Development.
The handbook, capsulizing much of the growing body of research and writing on conceptual approaches, is designed to provide assistance to elementary teachers in giving students a conceptual perspective for dealing with social studies content. The handbook is arranged in seven sections. After a brief discussion of the rationale for teaching concepts, the second section focuses on the meaning of concepts. Concepts are defined as abstractions that refer to a class or group of objects, qualities, etc., which possess certain common characteristics. This section discusses the components of concepts, such as attributes, classes, and symbols, and the relationship between concepts and generalizations. The third section discusses the advantages of teaching conceptual thinking and of teaching students to generalize from one situation to another. The fourth section enumerates a number of principles for the teacher to keep in mind in order to facilitate the learning of concepts by the students, such as actively involving students in the learning process. The fifth section offers two strategies for teaching concepts. The deductive strategy is characterized by the introduction of the concept or generalization at the beginning of the instruction sequence. The student is then given the opportunity to verify the concept or generalization through experience or example. The inductive strategy begins with specifics and proceeds to generalizations which are then tested. The sixth section provides a checklist for evaluating conceptual teaching and learning. The self-checklist helps teachers analyze teacher behavior, student behavior, and the curriculum. The last section lists articles, books, and parts of books dealing with the concepts and concept teaching and learning in social studies. (ND)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Concept Teaching, Conceptual Schemes, Content Analysis, Deduction, Educational Principles, Elementary Education, Evaluation Methods, Fundamental Concepts, Generalization, Induction, Learning Processes, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
Division of Curriculum Development, Texas Education Agency, 201 East 11th Street, Austin, Texas 78701 ($1.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Texas Education Agency, Austin. Div. of Curriculum Development.