ERIC Number: ED323160
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-10
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Understanding the Social Studies: A Review of the Meanings of Understanding with Implications for Student Learning and Classroom Instruction.
Chilcoat, George W.; Stahl, Robert J.
The historical understanding that social studies teachers have is diverse. This diversity is explored by providing definitions from various sources, scholars, and pre- and in-service social studies teachers. Questions raised include: (1) what does it mean to understand; (2) what is the meaning of understanding; (3) the additional meanings of understanding; (4) Verstehen: a technical sense of understanding; (5) understanding from the perspective of social studies teachers; (6) understanding in conjunction with comprehension and explanation; and (7) implications of the meaning of understanding for social studies education. Descriptive statements representing goals, objectives, and rationales relative to history were constructed for the purpose of examining the concepts. A ten part"infoschemata" was outlined. Educators and historians have constructed these understandings about the teaching of history around what students or teachers have to do in the classroom and neglect what students can do on their own. (NL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (St. Louis, MO, November 10, 1989).