ERIC Number: ED152654
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: N/A
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Social Understandings: Illustrative Models K-3, Social Studies Education [And] Social Studies Education: Illustrative Models 4-6.
West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston. Bureau of Learning Systems.
Fifteen organizing themes are presented to help define the scope of social studies learning in grades K-12 and to construct a basic framework for curriculum development. The underlying philosophy is that there are major social understandings that tie one or two concepts together and that children should investigate and discover those understandings by utilizing methods that embody processes, such as observing, enumerating, and classifying. The first part of the guide briefly discusses social studies for the early childhood program; social science concepts and generalizations and application of these to instructional units; inquiry as a teaching strategy; and values clarification approaches, including the approaches of Roth and Kohlberg. The second and major portion of the guide presents 15 themes built around key concepts. These concepts include different life styles, periodization and chronology, culture, socialization, values, global interdependence, and scarcity. Grade level, teacher preparation, and learning activities are outlined for each theme. Students in grades K through 3 are involved in class and neighborhood surveys, group discussion, art work, role playing, and story telling. Activities for grades 4 through 6 involve students in selecting settlement sites based upon geographic information, constructing model villages using materials and technology of a specific primitive culture, and investigating court cases. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Citizenship Responsibility, Concept Formation, Concept Teaching, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Decision Making Skills, Economics, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education, Global Approach, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Activities, Political Science, Problem Solving, Process Education, Program Descriptions, Relevance (Education), Skill Development, Social Studies, Sociology, Teaching Methods, Units of Study, Values
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston. Bureau of Learning Systems.