ERIC Number: ED222398
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Conceptually Oriented Social Science Education Programs in the Elementary School.
Mahlios, Marc C.
Approaches to elementary social studies education that focus on concept and inquiry learning are outlined. The basic goal of the teacher in concept teaching is to aid the student in developing relationships among factual learning, conceptualization, and personal behavior. Learning activities should focus on the process concept (i.e., one that is transferable and generalizable) rather than the descriptive concept which provides only partial factual material about complex human events. Teachers can teach process conceptualization by designing learning activities that consider the generalizability of concepts, how data can be presented by use of alternative media, how student growth will be evaluated, how the activity will aid students in conceptualizing human activity, and whether the activity is relevant to students. For example, one existing program focuses on the concepts of cultural change, cooperation, interdependence, causality, and differences. Finally, curriculum content should be drawn from organized scholarly disciplines, concentrate on methods of inquiry, and appeal to student imaginations. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Council for the Social Studies (41st, Syracuse, NY, April 9-11, 1981).