ERIC Number: ED162940
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Social Sciences in the Schools: Purpose, Trends, Activities.
Risinger, C. Frederick, Ed.; Beversdorf, Anne, Ed.
Twenty-six social studies educators participated in a conference at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, in summer 1978 to ascertain the status and goals of social studies education. Specifically, conference participants examined recent social science research, explored curriculum development, and developed social studies classroom activities. The report is intended for use by K-12 educators as they develop and implement social studies programs. It is presented in three sections. Section I defines the purpose of precollege social studies as promoting citizen education and civic literacy and identifies knowledge, skills, and values necessary for a quality social studies program. Section II describes current trends in anthropology, economics, geography, history, political science, and sociology and evaluates these trends for their implications for K-12 social studies. Section III suggests classroom activities related to 16 topics, including infant mortality, community land use, pioneer travel, integration, and teenage drinking laws. The activities involve students in role playing, constructing graphs, map and globe activities, class discussions, making decisions, defining terms, and analyzing photographs. For each activity, information is presented on classroom use, rationale, objectives, procedures, and materials needed. A list of conference participants and staff concludes the document. (DB)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Citizenship, Curriculum Development, Decision Making Skills, Economics, Educational Environment, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Characteristics, Geography, Guidelines, History, Land Use, Learning Activities, Political Influences, Political Science, Skill Development, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Sociology, State of the Art Reviews
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Studies Development Center, Bloomington, IN.
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Houston, Texas, November 22-25, 1978)