ERIC Number: ED385455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
A Retrospective on the Social Studies: The Year is 2015.
Hoge, John D.
This essay, set in the future, reflects on the national accomplishments in social studies of the past 20 years. Among the educational highlights noted include: (1) the implementation of national standards assessments with results showing that curriculum reform worked; (2) the successful change of social studies courses to an issues-focused orientation away from the traditional single-subject approach; (3) emphasis on higher order thinking and multidisciplinary-integrated instruction; and (4) instruction that emphasized reflective inquiry and student decision-making. In that future time some problems that remain will include drug abuse, child abuse, and credit abuse. Recommendations focus on the need to: (1) improve the flexibility and validity of the national standards tests; (2) improve the use of service-learning opportunities that grow naturally from issues-focused social studies instruction; (3) increase contact with social science scholars and their research; and (4) more clearly light the path to leadership for all who wish to participate to improve society. Contains nine references. (EH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Phoenix, AZ, November 20, 1994).