ERIC Number: ED307176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov-20
Reference Count: N/A
History, Social Sciences, and the Social Studies: Presidential Address.
Schneider, Donald O.
Reviewing several different conceptions of social studies education, this presidential address assesses the success of the field in providing appropriate education for future citizens. The place of social studies in the curriculum relative to the role of schools in our society is considered and the many and varied purposes for history as expressed by prominent historians are identified. Issues surrounding social studies content, instruction, and textbooks are addressed including directions in which the field is moving and the criteria to be considered when planning and organizing social studies curricula. The social studies have remained a federation of separate subjects. Recent advocacy to abandon the concept of social studies is but a current manifestation of this issue that has remained unsettled since social studies became a curriculum entity. It need not remain that way because out of the current ferment can come the realization that social studies, as an organizer of insights, propositions, content and methodologies from history, the social sciences, and other scholarly fields, is not only useful, but necessary for the school to fill its role in the civic education of youth. Synthesis and understanding of the principles of social studies are essential. Educators must establish the parameters and create the basis for a new social studies that preserves the best of past and current practices, but also addresses emerging realities and 21st century prospects and needs for the social education of citizens in our dynamic and globally-linked society. A 92-item bibliography is included. (GEA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech given before the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (68th, Orlando, FL, November 18-22, 1988).