ERIC Number: ED374072
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
The Social Studies in Secondary Education: A Reprint of the Seminal 1916 Report with Annotations and Commentaries.
Nelson, Murry R., Ed.
This document contains a reprint of the 1916 "The Social Studies in Secondary Education: A Six-Year Program Adapted Both to the 6-3-3 and the 8-4 Plans of Organization and Report of the Committee on Social Studies of the Commission on the Reorganization of Secondary Education of the National Education Association" widely believed to be the most important document in the history of citizenship education in the United States. It legitimated the term "social studies" to designate formal citizenship education and placed squarely in the field all of those subjects that were believed to contribute to that end. While recognizing the importance of history and the social sciences as contributing to citizenship education, the Committee's report recognized that citizenship education is something more than mastery of separate disciplines. It recognized the study of social problems as a necessary part of the education of citizens, and outlined a content for the social studies that was widely adopted and has remained remarkably unchanged to the present. This book includes annotations by Murry R. Nelson, the editor of the present document, on the 1916 report. Commentaries include: (1) "The Social Contexts of the Committee on Social Studies Report of 1916" (Murry M. Nelson); and (2) "Thomas Jesse Jones--Doing God's Work and the 1916 Report" (Stephen T. Correia). The book also contains a 35-page select annotated bibliography from the ERIC database on social studies reform. The table of contents of the 1915 report on "The Teaching of Community Civics" is included in an appendix. (Author/DK)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides, Educational Change, Educational History, Geography Instruction, History Instruction, Secondary Education, Secondary School Curriculum, Social Studies
ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, 2805 East Tenth Street, Suite 120, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698.
Publication Type: Historical Materials; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Social Studies Development Center, Bloomington, IN.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.; National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.