ERIC Number: ED146108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Nov-24
Reference Count: 0
Social Science Courses for Future Teachers: The Conflict between Education and the Arts and Sciences.
Anctil, Donald E.
Programs which lead to licensing and certification of social studies teachers should be based upon standards and curriculum set by social studies educators instead of social scientists. Reluctance of social scientists to work cooperatively with social studies educators is based largely upon the inability of social studies professionals to define their own field and upon the structure of the discipline orientation of most social scientists. The paper defines what social studies professionals think social studies ought to be, based upon their preference for one of three traditions as described by Barth and Shermis: (1) citizenship transmission based upon social science knowledge; (2) social studies as social sciences simplified for pedagogical purposes; and (3) reflective inquiry into social conflict through discussion and argument. The paper then defines what teachers of social studies think social studies is, based upon their philosophical attitudes towards the teaching profession, their conception of the teacher's role in the classroom, and their psychological ability to accept new ideas, such as inquiry training. The conclusion is that leaders in social studies education have the responsibility of defining social studies and establishing social studies education as a profession not totally dominated by social scientists in areas of content, objectives, and training. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Curriculum, Definitions, Educational Philosophy, Educational Problems, Educational Trends, Goal Orientation, Higher Education, Inquiry, Intellectual Disciplines, Relationship, Secondary Education, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Orientation, Teacher Responsibility, Values
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Not available in hard copy from EDRS due to poor reproducibility of original document; Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Cincinnati, Ohio, November 23-26, 1977)