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ERIC Number: ED426046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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Using National Social Studies Standards in the Real World.
Marker, Gerald W.
This paper focuses on the "content" standards in history, geography, civics, and social studies and how social studies specialists in six Mid-western states saw the standards being used in their states as of spring 1998. The data gathered came from the use of a Q-sort deck of 21 cards with statements regarding the standards and structured interviews following the Q-sort exercise. The outcomes of the standards movement are on the wane because they became voluntary in nature and were not a basis for national assessments. The standards are seen as a springboard for local discussion of curriculum and offering sources of new lesson ideas for the practitioner. Publishers see the national standards as a way to change instructional materials to align with state curriculum standards. The national standards appear to have made their greatest impact as a basis for state standards in the content areas. The standards have also had an influence on assessment in the content areas with expectations of behavior and may influence teacher preparation and inservice as ways of addressing the new assessments. The most lasting impacts of the national standards movement are in the state development models closely tied to the national standards, the changes of instructional materials such as textbooks, and the potential to influence mandatory assessments at the state level. The paper questions the lasting influence of the standards movement, as educational reform tends to make way for the next issue, innovation, or fad. The appendix offers the Q-sort items with the responses for each of the items. Contains 49 references. (EH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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