ERIC Number: ED339664
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Social Studies, the Student, and the Teacher.
Four issues concerning the social studies curriculum are raised and discussed in this paper. The first addresses the matter of scope in the curriculum. It is recommended that the student be the focal point in determining scope. Next, it is asked whether the goal of social studies should be that of preparing students for life or of helping students learn decision-making skills in present day situations. Active involvement in the classroom is encouraged. The third issue discussed is subject centered versus activity approaches in teaching the social studies. Activity centered methods of instruction are favored. Lastly, the question is asked whether it is more desirable to seek to adjust the student to the curriculum or to adjust the curriculum to the present achievement level of each student. The latter approach is supported. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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