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ERIC Number: ED141191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
The Era of the New Social Studies.
Haas, John D.
Tracing from 1955 to the present, the author presents an objective analysis of the new social studies movement which has had great impact on the theory and practice of social studies education. Beginning in 1955 a general attack on public education critiqued the content and methods of instruction on such subjects as reading, foreign languages, mathematics, and science. Alarmed at the launching of the Russian Sputnik I, critics pointed with alarm at the shortcomings of American education. Briefly discussing the advancements in science and mathematics, the author focuses his attention on the beginning of the revolution in social studies, discussing the changes in the conceptual foundations of social sciences and the government funded curriculum materials projects. Although the movement waned from 1968 to 1972, three new trends have emerged: a heightened social consciousness, increased concern for values and valuing, and usage of a variety of classroom media and materials. The author notes in retrospect that social studies education today again seems to be looking for a focus and suggests a renewal of the dialogue and debate concerning definition, scope, and sequence to add impetus for social studies educators to rediscover and reclarify their positions. (Author/JR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational History, Educational Innovation, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Progressive Education, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., 855 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado 80302 (Order SSEC Publication No. 194, $4.00 paper cover)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.