ERIC Number: ED180856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Social Studies Teachers and Liberal Intellectual Journals: Helping Teachers in the Problem-Solving Process.
Shermis, S. Samuel; Barth, James L.
Despite the endorsement of problem solving by social studies educators as an important process for students to learn, research shows that most social studies teachers do not include such higher level intellectual processes in their teaching. This paper specifically deplores the lack of attention to inquiry problems. The authors suggest that social studies teachers have not adequately sensed that problems exist in the social milieu that relate to students' lives. It is necessary to sensitize teachers of social studies to the nuances of social problems and to make them more discerning about social problems as conflicts between moral values. One way to accomplish this would be to encourage teachers to read past and current issues of liberal intellectual journals such as "Saturday Review,""Atlantic,""Nation," and "New Republic." Their literary style, wide ranging concerns, and complexity of analysis could serve to promote an awareness of the presence of social problems. The journals' alarmist tones may in reality be exaggerated, but they will stimulate readers to sense that there are problem situations in the world. Also, by reading past issues teachers will see that many present problems which appear to be unique were actually apparent in past decades as well. If teachers read these journals and realize the true dimensions of social problems, perhaps they will be inspired to lead their students in identifying and exploring problems also. (AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Portland, OR, November 21, 1979)