ERIC Number: ED174540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Social Studies in Other Nations. Bulletin 60.
Mehlinger, Howard D., Ed.; Tucker, Jan L., Ed.
The document describes social studies programs, citizenship education, and major social studies issues in the Federal Republic of Germany, Thailand, Japan, Nigeria, England, and the United States. The first chapter considers the transnational nature of the social studies, traces the development of social studies, and discusses efforts and need to "internationalize" social studies in the United States. Next, the section on Germany discusses the organization of the public schools and political education in post-war Germany. Social change and institutional reform are major issues. The report on Thailand deals with present curriculum reform. Major issues are confusion over goals, the status of social studies, methods of teaching social studies, and the status of Thai culture. The section on Japan describes the present course of study and notes major issues of curriculum revision, teaching strategies, interdisciplinary and global approaches, rapid growth, and professional diversity. Nigeria is discussed in terms of changes in curriculum, teacher training, and beliefs about social studies since independence in 1960. Major issues are conflicts between social scientists and social studies educators, the lack of clear standards for the educator, the force of tradition, and inadequate resource materials. The Nigerian national policy on education and Nigerian social studies objectives are listed. The report on England focuses on the structure of the educational and examination system. Major issues center around cultural pluralism, decentralized decision making, and multiethnic education. The final report on the United States discusses global challenges. (KC)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Comparative Education, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Educational Change, Educational Problems, Educational Responsibility, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, Higher Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Social Change, Social Studies, State of the Art Reviews, Teacher Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.