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ERIC Number: ED274606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Logical Reasoning Patterns in Students and Social Studies Instruction.
Otto, Robert
Social studies education would benefit greatly if curriculum development was more directly linked to developmental child psychology based on Piagetian models of concrete operations. A science education program based on this model of concrete experiences is cited and positive results for both students and teachers are noted. Two social studies curriculum programs ("Man: A Course of Study" and "The Family of Man") and several Piagetian-based research studies provide positive evidence that all instruction should employ concrete operations with some exposure to formal operations, but not the reverse, a design found commonly in social studies textbooks. The cited models suggest a key for the development of social studies methods textbooks. Five ways that the social studies could benefit from Piagetian-based research are described including relating materials to cognitive stage development, preservice and inservice teaching training, federal assistance application, more concrete/manipulative material awareness and implementation, and more concentrated efforts to encourage the application of Piaget's developmental psychology by creative social studies educators. (TRS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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