ERIC Number: ED367554
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
The Proposed U.S. History Standards: A Report. Occasional Paper.
This report discusses the reactions of the U.S. focus group of the National Council for History Education to proposed standards for the U.S. history curriculum. General concerns of classroom teachers about the proposed standards include the lack of a developmental concept from kindergarten through grade 12, and too much influence of present-mindedness. The participants suggested two serious obstacles to the application of the standards: (1) not enough time in the normal curriculum to cover the recommended material effectively, and (2) the majority of K-12 teachers do not have the educational background and training necessary to teach in a history curriculum based on the adoption of these standards. Group comments are broken down into nine areas: (1) criteria, including suggestions on wording in criteria 1, 9, 12, and 15; (2) major themes (history of science is not included and should be); (3) periodization; (4) content standards; (5) process standards (the emphasis on critical thinking and historiography may be too optimistic); (6) performance standards (a glossary was suggested, and the standards for grades 9-12 should build on earlier grades, not repeat them; (7) suggested teaching and learning activities; (8) feasibility (the scope and approach of the standards would almost certainly require more than two years of history); and (9) accommodating variability. The group suggested that ideally the United States history and the world history teams should get together to develop several model programs so that curriculum planners could have effective guidance. (DK)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, Learning Activities, Social Studies, United States History
National Council for History Education, Inc., 26915 Westwood Rd., Suite B-2, Westlake, OH 44145-4656.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Council for History Education, Inc., Westlake, OH.