ERIC Number: ED253464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Social Studies and "A Nation at Risk." ERIC Digest No. 13.
Davis, James E.
The reactions of social studies educators to "A Nation at Risk," the report of the National Commission on Excellence in Education that examined the quality of education in the United States, are discussed. The survey was an informal one that asked educators, mainly teachers and professors, what their reactions were to the report in general and to the five areas of recommendation (high school curriculum content, standards and expectations, time, teaching, and leadership and fiscal support) in the report. While some respondents questioned the information gathering process used for the report and the lack of teacher input, almost all agreed that education, including social studies, has problems. Social studies educators generally supported recommendations for requiring three years of social studies for high school graduation. They called for a national framework for social studies education, as well as new teacher education standards. Many felt the report ignored current research related to time on task, rather than time in school. Research findings need to be applied to teacher education. Respondents indicated a need for leadership in the field. (RM)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Curriculum, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Financial Support, Leadership, School Effectiveness, Social Studies, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Improvement, Time on Task
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.