ERIC Number: ED309132
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Labor Studies in the Curriculum. ERIC Digest.
Holt, Evelyn R.
Labor studies are often not included or underemphasized in the elementary and secondary school curricula. This ERIC Digest examines major themes of labor studies; inclusion of these themes in the curriculum; likely positive outcomes of labor studies in the curriculum; and available resources for teachers and students. Key historical events, the influence of immigration in the rise of unions, biographical studies of labor leaders, and labor legislation are major themes suggested for inclusion in elementary and secondary curricula. Labor studies can be incorporated in civics classes by discussing the right of citizens to join labor unions; in economics classes by the use of collective bargaining simulations; and in literature and creative writing classes by reading books with labor themes. Positive outcomes of including labor studies in the curriculum are a greater understanding of the contributions of workers, an appreciation of struggles that resulted as workers attempted to secure their rights, and increased knowledge of workers' rights. Sources of information about labor studies are suggested, and a 17-item bibliography of references and ERIC resources is included. (CT)
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.