ERIC Number: ED259967
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Before Social Science: The Roots of Economics, Psychology, and Sociology in Philosophy and History. Summer Institute 1983. Final Report.
Bard Coll., Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.
Described is a summer institute designed to teach high school teachers about the philosophical and historical roots of the three social science disciplines of economics, sociology, and psychology. During the institute, participants read and discussed the primary works by the most important philosophers and writers of Western civilization. It was hoped that familiarity with these classic works would encourage the teachers to move away from secondary sources to primary sources in their classes. The first three weeks of the institute were divided among the disciplines of economics, psychology, and sociology and stressed their historical underpinnings; the fourth week was devoted to philosophical and curricular issues affecting all three disciplines. Background information and class schedules are provided for each of the sessions. Evaluations of the institute showed that the institute not only broadened teachers' understanding of the disciplines and their contemporary applications, but also clarified the critical connections among the disciplines. Teachers were able to apply not only broad concepts but specific lectures and readings to their high school programs. (RM)
Descriptors: Economics, High Schools, Inservice Teacher Education, Institutes (Training Programs), Instructional Improvement, Intellectual Disciplines, Intellectual History, Philosophy, Primary Sources, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Psychology, Social Sciences, Sociology, Summer Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bard Coll., Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.