ERIC Number: ED318644
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Pathways to Pluralism: Religious Issues in American Culture. Teacher's Guide.
Spivey, Robert A.; And Others
Any program used to teach about religion in the social studies must meet certain criteria. The materials must be socially significant and suitable to the classroom. The teaching strategy must promote genuine learning, taking every safeguard to prevent indoctrination. Only then is the public school teacher warranted, legally and morally, to undertake an in-depth examination of religious traditions. Each of the 10 studies presented in the text "Pathways to Pluralism" has an integrity of its own. While it is not necessary that these studies be used in a fixed sequence, it is important that any study chosen be used in its entirety in order to promote objectivity. Free inquiry and induction are characteristic of the materials. Students are asked to analyze source materials related to religion and the social studies, and on the basis of the information provided, are asked to develop their own positions. Then an open, informed class discussion permits students to present their own points of view, and respectfully consider positions different from the ones they have reached. This teacher's guide includes for each study: (1) a statement of the primary goals; (2) information to be considered in responding to the study questions in the text; (3) oral and written activities that may be presented at the conclusion of the study; (4) questions for further research; and (5) a vocabulary list. A correlation of this text with leading U.S. history textbooks is also provided. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Blacks, Church Role, Churches, Class Activities, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Enrichment, Learning Activities, Religion, Religion Studies, Religious Cultural Groups, Religious Differences, Secondary Education, Social Studies, United States History, Units of Study
Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, Innovative Division, 2725 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Danforth Foundation, St. Louis, MO.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For the student text, see SO 020 173.