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ERIC Number: ED143597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep
Pages: 25
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The Effects of the Social Science Community on Education Decision Makers: An Historical Perspective Research Report.
Peters, Richard O.
The report chronicles social scientists' influence on the American public education system since 1900, with emphasis on social forces, educational reform movements, and individuals. The first section discusses the origins of the social studies curriculum, early attempts of the American Historical Association to establish history and government instruction, and the National Education Association's proposal of a Problems of Democracy course in 1916. The remainder of the paper focuses on educators and events that influenced the curriculum. Social scientists and educators discussed include John Dewey, William Kilpatrick, Mary Kelty, Ernest Horn, Howard Wilson, Byron Massialas, and Jerome Bruner. Historical events designated as particularly significant for social studies development are World War I and II, the Korean conflict, and Sputnik. Important trends within the public education system include the child-centered activity movement, development of curriculum specialists, discovery learning, reflective thinking, the New Social Studies, emphasis on methods, environmental and career education, and systems analysis. The conclusion is that social scientists have played an increasingly important role in educational decision making since 1900 by incorporating social science subjects into the curriculum, advocating social education programs, stressing relevance, and preparing students for social change. (Author/DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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