ERIC Number: ED200474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Introduction to the Social Sciences: Teacher's Manual.
Blum, Mark E.; Spangehl, Stephen D.
A competency-based, introductory social science course for college students is described. Objectives of the manual are twofold--first, to present the complete set of materials which have served as the basis of a one semester social sciences course at the University of Louisville over three years, and, second, to offer suggestions regarding objectives, research methods, evaluation, and teaching methods to college teachers as they develop and implement social science courses. Nineteen activities are described, including defining social sciences, identifying major questions and research interests, learning basic descriptive statistics, constructing and administering a survey, and evaluating a research experience. For each activity, a variety of materials is presented, including tests, objectives, student handouts, lesson plans, and evaluation criteria. Specific inquiry skills which the learning activities are intended to enhance include acquiring information (learning sources for research in the field, learning vocabulary and key ideas, and learning principal investigators in each social science discipline), producing thematic organization and methods appropriate for research (articulating problem statements, practicing data collection and analysis, and practicing theory development), and utilizing research findings in cultural projects and institutions. The document concludes with a bibliography, a student evaluation inventory, and a glossary of terms. (DB)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Council on Higher Education, Louisville, KY.
Authoring Institution: Louisville Univ., KY. Univ. Coll.