ERIC Number: ED291657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
An Annotated Bibliography concerning the Status of History as a Discipline in the Curriculum of American Public Schools.
Berreth, Aniela K.
Over 40 books and articles are annotated in this study which evaluated the position held by the discipline of history in the social studies curriculum of U.S. public schools. It was found that its position has changed over the years. An effort was made to evaluate these changes and to recommend a desired status for the discipline of history in the future. The study first examined the curriculum and methodological changes known as the New Social Studies. The rationale which led to the formation of the New Social Studies was reviewed as were the inherent difficulties of the New Social Studies. The main difficulty lay with the inquiry method of instruction. Historical knowledge garnered by students through this method was too scattered to be of use in making broad generalizations. Recommendations were that history should be the underpinning upon which social studies is built. The many elective courses spawned by the New Social Studies should be integrated into a greater vision of the world. History should be that integrating discipline. (SM)
Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Exit Project, Indiana University at South Bend.