ERIC Number: ED404239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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The Status of the Elementary Social Studies in Delaware: Views from The Field.
Thornton, Stephen J.; Houser, Neil O.
This report examines the status of social studies in the Deleware elementary school grades. The objective is not only to inform policymakers in the state of Delaware, but also to correlate with other states' educational systems. Information was assembled by a statewide survey of district-level social studies supervisors; a statewide survey of elementary-school building administrators or team leaders or curriculum specialist; and interviews with 20 classroom teachers. Areas of social studies focused on were curriculum, instructional practices, instructional materials, and evaluation procedures. The study concluded that: policymakers need to address directly the issue of status. Social studies is regarded by practitioners as "enrichment" or second-rank subjects; there is a confusing array of beliefs concerning the aims and content of elementary social studies in Delaware, financial and scholarly support must be provided if serious social studies reform is to occur; more attention to multiculturalism seems warranted; and current restructuring efforts underscore that policymakers need to examine how social studies should be integrated with other areas of the curriculum such as language arts and science. Sample questionnaires used in surveys conclude the paper. Contains 21 references. (JAG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Delaware