ERIC Number: ED256641
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
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Strengthening High School World Studies Courses. Conference Report. A Wingspread Conference (Racine, WI, September 23-25, 1984).
Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Mershon Center.
Educators attending the 1984 Wingspread Conference discussed major challenges to improving world studies courses and identified strategies for addressing those challenges. The only opportunity the vast majority of American high school students have to obtain formal instruction about the world comes in a survey course of world history offered in the tenth grade. The survey course lacks an adequate conceptual base, attempts to cover too much content, and is difficult to teach. Practical steps that must be taken to strengthen world studies courses include (1) preparation of a handbook of alternative conceptualizations for world history courses, (2) collection of world studies course syllabi to be made available to teachers, (3) preparation of resources to facilitate the local development of global relations courses, (4) development of world studies teacher education courses and leadership programs for educators responsible for staff development in their school systems, and (5) involvement of teachers in evaluation and research relevant to school needs. In addition, the role of academic disciplines in public decision-making processes that set standards for social studies should be strengthened. (RM)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Mershon Center.