ERIC Number: ED179434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Roles of National Council for the Social Studies Members in Career Education.
Svoboda, William S.
The paper describes possible approaches to career education in the social studies curriculum and suggests criteria for decision-making strategies and assessing readiness for change. The first section describes roles of career education in social studies which range from doing nothing to replacing the total present content with career education. The author points out that the integrated approach is the most advocated. In this case, career education is a component or emphasis rather than a course or department. The second section provides considerations for choosing to incorporate career education into the curriculum. Approaches to change are discussed in terms of voluntary and coerced. The conclusion is that since the National Council for the Social Studies promotes the use of the rational decision-making process, faculties should make their decisions about career education by employing this process. Career education could be considered as a complementary alternative within the social studies; as a fundamental part of the back-to-basics movement; and as a means of contributing to the survival of students, teachers, and the social studies. An approach to career education is suggested in which priorities would be taught until mastered. Teachers would teach thoroughly as many of the top priorities as possible, knowing that those they did not complete were lower and of less importance. The conclusion is that social studies should not try to meet all the goals of career education, but rather should utilize the strengths of the discipline. Also, if career education in the social studies is to be successful, personnel will have to desire the change, possess knowledge and skills of infusing, expend effort, and create an amenable environment. (KC)
Descriptors: Career Education, Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Relevance (Education), Social Studies
National Council for the Social Studies, 3615 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.