ERIC Number: ED328488
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jun
Social Studies Education: An Interpretive History of Discovery, Change, Innovation, and Trends. Humans & Environment Learning Program (HELP).
Since the 1960s, social studies education in public schools has undergone a series of fluctuations. The 1960s and 1970s were periods of great reform and experimentation; much attention was given to how to teach and the content of process, yet there was insufficient concern for the goals of student learning. The 1980s saw a reaction to these earlier trends: emphasis was placed on "excellence" and "basics" and student skill development, yet not much attention was paid to how these goals might be achieved. This paper documents these fluctuations in social studies education, and also discusses the consensus of social studies educators as the 1990s begin. Today educators believe that social studies must teach students how to live and function in an increasingly global community. A number of sample lessons for elementary and middle school students, based on this emphasis on global education, is included. A list of 58 selected references is also included. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Global Horizons, The Center for Applied Ecosocial Studies, Plaistow, NH.