ERIC Number: ED229326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Feb
Social Studies in the Eighties: Old Problems, Current Trends, New Responses.
Iglitzin, Lynne B.
In a time when social studies education is considered non-essential and is forced to justify its existence, the importance of citizenship education cannot be ignored. Current economic trends have caused some schools to question the need for social studies, thereby offering fewer courses and limiting funding for materials and professional meetings. Part of the solution to this problem is to define the role of social studies and to offer national guidelines and standards for educators. It is also important that students become informed citizens, able to deal with the "new realities of politics" by exercising their own judgments in dealing with the complexities of government. Marketable skills are important in today's society. By providing all citizens with an education, rather than merely information, social studies is a contributing factor to the development of these skills. (BY)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Dallas, TX, February, 1983).