ERIC Number: ED358032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Exemplary Elementary Teachers' Beliefs about Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction. Elementary Subjects Center Series No. 93.
Brophy, Jere; VanSledright, Bruce A.
This report presents detailed summaries of the responses of seven exemplary elementary teachers to a series of open-ended questions about effective social studies curriculum and instruction. The questions addressed the teachers' opinions about elementary social studies purposes and goals, content selection, and representation modes; forms and functions of teacher-student and student-student discourse; preferred activities and assignments; methods of assessing learning; and controversies currently being debated primarily by social studies scholars. Findings indicated that all of the teachers favored using a variety of content sources in addition to or instead of a textbook, engaging students in a variety of forms of teacher- student and student-student discourse in addition to or instead of traditional recitation, and engaging students in a variety of learning activities in addition to or instead of traditional worksheets. The teachers agreed with recent critics in viewing the social studies curriculum as thin, trite, and redundant in the primary grades, but they did not advocate eliminating or reducing instruction about families, neighborhoods, and communities or perhaps replacing this content with increased emphasis on history. Instead, they called for teaching the families, neighborhoods, and communities content more effectively through direct experiential learning and through comparisons with parallels in past and contemporary cultures, thus introducing a more comparative and global perspective. (Author/LBG)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Comparative Analysis, Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Change, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Experiential Learning, Social Studies, Teacher Attitudes, Teaching Methods
Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, Institute for Research on Teaching, 252 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($21.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Elementary Subjects, East Lansing, MI.