ERIC Number: ED137212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
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Student Preferences for Social Studies Content and Methodology.
McTeer, J. Hugh; Beasley, William M.
This study investigated (1) whether girls express greater or lesser interest in certain social studies methodology and content than do boys, and (2) whether, in these areas, differences exist between junior and senior high school students. Conducted in Georgia in 1976, the study involved 391 students representing rural and suburban areas. On an 18-item rating scale, the students indicated their level of agreement with statements explaining why a person might enjoy social studies classes. Ten statements dealt with methodology and eight dealt with curriculum content. These included use of films or oral reports and emphasis on current events or money management. Two tables of data document the results. Girls on both levels expressed interest in the culturally-oriented areas of sociology and cultural geography. This may indicate that the culturally-oriented areas of social studies have less male bias than those dealing with military and political history or physical geography. Boys, especially on the junior high level, expressed greater liking for military and political history than did girls, although the difference diminishes as students mature. In general, junior high students seemed more favorable than senior high students toward social studies. This may be caused by the maturation process, the nature of the school's program, or a combination of reasons. (Author/AV)
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