ERIC Number: ED363541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Focus on Current Affairs: A Monograph for Secondary Social Studies Teachers.
Clarke, Margaret A.; Zelinski, Victor
This document suggests that the main purpose of the study of current affairs in the social studies program in Alberta, Canada, is to add relevance, interest, and immediacy. It defines current affairs as the study of news events presented by the media. Because the study of current affairs must be tied to the achievement of social studies objectives, the general purpose of the monograph is to provide suggestions for teachers on how current affairs can be used in order to attain these important objectives. In discussing the study of controversial topics, the argument is made that issues related to the study of curriculum topics have a defensible place and purpose. This monograph presents examples to illustrate what is meant by "structured and disciplined" inquiry. Current affairs issues, by their very nature, are more likely to be relevant, meaningful, and of interest to students, yet directly linked to the required course objectives. The study of current affairs in social studies provides a rich field for the development of abilities and dispositions toward critical thinking. Although emotional discussions may do more to reinforce or confuse, rather than clarify or change, existing beliefs, teachers who are critical minded in their approach to current affairs will more likely be able to promote critical mindedness in their students. The teaching of critical thinking has a natural place and role in social studies instruction. The accumulation of knowledge alone is training. The application of critical thinking to a field of knowledge is education. Two approaches to the study of current affairs are explored. (DK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton. Curriculum Branch.
Identifiers - Location: Canada