ERIC Number: ED309134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
World History in the Secondary School Curriculum. ERIC Digest.
Woyach, Robert B.
Since 1980, an increasing number of state and local education agencies have reintroduced a world history requirement into their secondary curricula. This ERIC Digest examines five key questions related to that trend. Questions raised, together with some salient points made in the discussion of each, are as follows: (1) What is the background to current debates about curriculum reform in world history? The current confusion about world history courses reflects conflicting curricula traditions and the lack of a uniform image of what world history is or should be. (2) Should teachers emphasize the history of the West or of the world? Although U.S. society is based in the Western experience, citizens no longer live in a world dominated by the West. (3) Should social or political history be emphasized in the curriculum? While the different perspectives of social or political history may lead to divergent approaches, they should be viewed as complementary possibilities for the teacher to explore. (4) Should world history teachers use the survey approach? Major elements of a chronological survey can be treated thematically, but in a chronological order, thus linking together historical periods while encouraging historical thinking skills. (5) Should world history be taught in a single year? A multi-year world history sequence is an ideal, but it may be difficult to implement. A list of nine references on issues related to the world history curriculum concludes the digest. (PPB)
Descriptors: Course Content, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Problems, History Instruction, Introductory Courses, Non Western Civilization, Secondary Education, Social History, Western Civilization, World History
ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, 2805 East Tenth Street, Suite 120, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47408 ($1.00).
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.