ERIC Number: ED411175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching about Vietnam and the Vietnam War. ERIC Digest.
Schlene, Vicki J.
This digest discusses the need for teaching about the Vietnam War, possible reasons for the negligible treatment the subject receives in social studies classes, and some instructional approaches to the material. Currently, students lack a systematic and detailed knowledge of this turning point in U.S. history. The impact of the Vietnam War on U.S. foreign policy, domestic politics, and social history cannot be overestimated. The controversial nature of the War and its ensuing political opposition are reasons teachers shy away from this subject. They also are discouraged by the superficial and often distorted textbook coverage, time constraints, and a lack of worthwhile supplementary materials. Three aspects of the Vietnam conflict that should be covered in social studies instruction are identified. These are the conflict itself, the geographic concepts of places/regions and physical systems, and the gamut of homefront issues ranging from the anti-war demonstrations to the political ramifications of the War. To these ends, the digest lists several educational resource kits and theme issues of social studies journals. It also provides an address list of Southeast Asian resource centers and veterans' organizations thats often publish resource packets and teaching materials. In addition, journal articles, annotated bibliographies, and teaching guides are noted. (MJP)
Descriptors: Asian Studies, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Diplomatic History, Educational Resources, Foreign Policy, History Instruction, Instructional Materials, International Relations, Political Issues, Reading Material Selection, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Supplementary Reading Materials, United States History, Vietnam War, World History
ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, 2805 East Tenth Street, Suite 120, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47408; phone: 800-266-3815, 812-855-3838.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers - Location: Vietnam