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ERIC Number: ED137208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 24
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Status and Effectiveness of Social Studies Skills Programs.
Cousins, Jack
This paper reviews selected literature about social studies skills and discusses results of a preliminary survey about the status of skills programs in elementary and secondary schools. More than 15 yearbooks and methods texts published in the 1960s and 1970s are described. "Skill Development in Social Studies," published in 1963 by the National Council for the Social Studies, is reported to be useful. Most methods texts have at least one chapter dealing with skill development. Many stress problem solving and analysis of controversial matters. In an effort to identify existing skill development programs, the author surveyed members of the Social Studies Supervisors Association. Analysis of 61 responses is presented. Medium-size school districts seem to be most active in developing skills programs. Data gathering and thinking skills are reported most frequently, and social action skills are reported least frequently. Effective teaching procedures include learning centers, contracts, simulations, and discussion of public and private issues. Ten districts are identified as moving ahead in skill development. The author recommends that schools identify important skills, analyze existing curriculum in terms of those skills, and offer repetitive experiences to reinforce skill development. He also sees a need for a guide to social studies skills which will be useful after students graduate. (AV)
Publication Type: Books
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