ERIC Number: ED298057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar-30
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Conceptual Development in Social Studies.
Levstik, Linda S.
This paper examines research studies that have concluded that elementary school children can learn more difficult and abstract social studies concepts than are taught in the traditional social studies curriculum. Research studies that focus on constraints on cognition, the use of embedded concepts, and understanding knowledge restructuring and acquisition and learning frameworks are cited in order to emphasize that if early learning does not occur, the optimum teaching opportunity for some concepts may pass, creating situations in which it becomes difficult for students to learn new ideas or to think critically about old ones. Specific social studies concepts that research indicates children may be ready to learn are presented under the topics of: (1) social perspectives; (2) civic understanding; (3) time and space; and (4) economic understandings. A 37-item bibliography is included. (JHP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the Association of American Publishers (Palm Beach, FL, March 29-30, 1988).