ERIC Number: ED327457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Improving Social Studies Achievement: An Interdisciplinary Approach.
A high percentage of students in a second-grade class with low socioeconomic characteristics demonstrated exceptionally low achievement in social studies. The problem was addressed by the implementation of an interdisciplinary program to increase basic skills in all areas of the curriculum. Activities designed to increase the target group's understanding of social studies concepts while practicing skills in reading, language arts, mathematics, and science were incorporated into all subject areas utilizing a whole language approach. An emphasis on critical thinking and daily news events allowed for student growth in inferential comprehension and the formation of attitudes about the world. The results indicated a significant increase in social studies achievement for all target group members (N=16). Students also demonstrated positive affective changes as their concern and interest in the news increased. Appendices include diagnostic and observation sheets, sample testing instruments, and additional student data. (Author)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Basic Skills, Civics, Critical Thinking, Current Events, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Grade 2, Interdisciplinary Approach, Learning Problems, Low Achievement, Primary Education, Skill Development, Social Studies, Thinking Skills, Whole Language Approach
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.