ERIC Number: ED237169
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-7
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Five Questions and a Stack of Books: Remediation for a Democratic Society.
Conroy, France H.
Innovation Abstracts, v5 n28 Oct 7 1983
Because students who do not read and write cannot participate effectively in a democratic society, the staff of the College Skills Program at Burlington County (New Jersey) College has designed a developmental skills program in reading and writing with a social science core. The program (Social Science 100) emphasizes reading, thinking, questioning, writing, and student attitudes. A simple formula, "five questions and a stack of books," is used as the framework for the course. Emphasis is on support systems and thought-provoking questions that best reflect five critical issues of the century: (1) spreading the American way over the rest of the world; (2) dealing with severe economic problems via socialist revolution, conservative rectification, or liberal reform; (3) policies toward fascism and communism; (4) the "liberation" of the sixties; and (5) the decline or rebirth of the late twentieth century in America. Instead of textbooks, the program uses a variety of books about persons whose lives were intimately bound up with the issues of the times, thereby showing how Americans interrelated with the rest of the world. In addition, essay tests are used and teacher flexibility is encouraged. Students in this program show marked improvement in two areas: heightened political understanding and diminished ethnocentrism. (LH)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
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Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
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