ERIC Number: ED314341
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Status of Social Studies Education in South Dakota Elementary Schools.
Wood, Robert W.; And Others
This study examined the status of elementary social studies in South Dakoa in relation to: (1) instructional time; (2) instructional strategies; (3) the use of the textbook and other materials; (4) the availability of professional growth resources; (5) specific subject and skill areas of emphasis; and (6) the professional perceptions of principals toward curriculum and instruction. Findings indicated that time spent teaching social studies in South Dakota elementary schools was less than national trends. The textbook was the predominant material used in teaching social studies, while supplementary materials used most were maps/globes, audiovisuals, and teacher-prepared materials. Common instructional strategies were discussion, group projects, field trips, and games. Areas that received extra emphasis in social studies were citizenship at the K-2 grade levels, American Indian education and citizenship at the grade 3-4 levels, and geography at the grade 5-6 levels. Economics received little emphasis at all grade levels. Few elementary schools received the journals "Social Education", "The Social Studies" or "Social Studies and the Young Learner" as professional growth resources. Principals ranked social studies and science as the least important subject areas in terms of their schools commitment when compared to reading, mathematics, and language arts. Text includes four statistical tables and four graphs. The survey instrument and cover letter are appended, and a 20-item bibliography is included. (Author/JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: South Dakota Univ., Vermillion. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: South Dakota