ERIC Number: ED254442
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Making History: A Social Studies Curriculum in the Participation Series.
Berman, Shelley; And Others
One of a series of teacher-developed curriculum guides, this secondary level social studies guide is intended to encourage student participation and involvement in important social issues. The unit, which can be completed in four to six weeks or extended over a semester or year, begins by inviting students to explore reasons why it may seem difficult to have an influence in the world, times they have actually made a difference, and ways they can empower each other. Activities focus on group problem solving and development of student skills, confidence, and motivation to act upon issues of social concern. Next, students examine decision-making models as a means for deciding on an issue or problem they would like to work on. After choosing an issue, the class conducts research to broaden their understanding of the problem, to develop potential solutions, and to take a stand on the solution that represents their best collective thinking. Using a series of case studies, students then examine and critically evaluate tactics and strategies for creating change. Activities provide an outline for identifying who has influence in the problem area, what resources are available to meet the problem, and what student actions are possible. The unit ends with an assessment of students' efforts and with suggestions for expressing appreciation to people who provided assistance. Fourteen student handouts are included. (LH)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Citizen Participation, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Learning Activities, Secondary Education, Social Action, Social Change, Social Problems, Social Responsibility, Social Studies, Student Participation, Teacher Developed Materials, Units of Study
Educators for Social Responsibility, 23 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138 ($7.50, plus $2.50 postage and handling; 15% discount for 10 or more).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Deer Creek Foundation, St. Louis, MO.
Authoring Institution: Educators for Social Responsibility, Cambridge, MA.
Note: A project of the Boston area chapter of Educators for Social Responsibility. For other documents in the series, see SO 016 241-243.