ERIC Number: ED250257
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Reflections of Citizenship Education and Traditional Social Studies Programs.
Shaver, James P.
For the overarching goals of citizenship education to be met, certain reforms and revisions of the standard social studies curriculum must be made. However, it is possible to do a great deal to meet these goals from within the confines of the traditional social studies textbook and social studies course. In the past, several projects have attempted to do this. The Harvard Project of the 1950's and 1960's was designed on the premise that curriculum development had to take place in the school setting and with the involvement of practicing teachers if the results were to be responsive to school needs. The Utah State University Program, undertaken in the 1960's, culminated in the development of the Analysis of Public Issues Program, a set of supplementary materials for integrating critical thinking skills and analytic concepts into the social studies course. The challenge facing social studies educators today should not be whether to abandon totally the traditional curriculum but how to encourage more of an emphasis on citizenship education within the realistic demands of public school teaching. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (64th, Washington, DC, November 15-19, 1984).