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ERIC Number: ED161807
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 11
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Differences in Students' Interest toward Five Areas of the Social Studies.
McTeer, J. Hugh
This is a study of high school students' attitudes and interest toward five areas of social studies: economics, geography, government, history, and psychology/sociology. Two thousand ninety-two high school seniors in 18 high schools in northwestern Georgia completed a survey form and indicated the social studies areas they liked best and least. The largest number of students (39%) rated history as the most-liked course. The authors believe that this is due to the fact that the majority of social studies teachers in northwestern Georgia have majored in history and therefore have greater confidence, security, and enthusiasm in teaching this area. It is interesting to note, however, that 21% of the students selected history as the least-liked subject. The behavioral science area of psychology/sociology was the second most-liked area. Because of the "now and here" orientation of this area, students saw it as very relevant to their lives. The lowest number of students (12%) rated psychology/sociology as being the least-liked area. Students seemed to be somewhat neutral toward the areas of government and economics. Geography was the social studies area that most students liked least. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Books
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia