ERIC Number: ED310010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Curriculum Development for Social and Political Education in Dutch Lower-, General-, and Vocational Schools. The Innovations of a Comparatively New Subject in a Newly Organized School System. Mededeling Nummer 20.
Between the years of 1978 and 1987, the Dutch National Institute for Curriculum Development (SLO) developed a core curriculum of objectives and content for a new social and political education curriculum. These new programs were to take effect in the secondary modern schools and lower vocational schools for students age 14-16. The empowering legislation for these changes was the Secondary Education Act of 1963, which took effect in 1968. This legislation resulted in: (1) a reorganization of school types; (2) innovation in educational content; and (3) specifications of teachers' competencies. This reorganization and the pre-1968 context are discussed under the heading of "Background: Changes in the School System." The content and materials of the social and political studies were not immediately specified by the government and were developed through a program of ever widening cycles of applications and through consultations among teachers, subject specialists, and managerial specialists. This led to the development of the thematic fields of: (1) education; (2) home, house, and environment; (3) work and leisure; (4) technology and society; (5) state and society; and (6) international relations. A manual called "Planning Social and Political Studies" was developed which consisted of four parts dealing respectively with: (1) the content of social and political education; (2) planning for these studies in the school; (3) educational equipment and procedures; and (4) content sources to consult. Examples of 14 theme publications, 17 auxiliary project publications, and 8 theme related audio-visual aids are given. (PPB)
Descriptors: Course Content, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Study Centers, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, Instructional Development, Material Development, Research Projects, Social Sciences, Social Studies
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Instituut voor Leerplanontwikkeling, Enschede (Netherlands).
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands