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ERIC Number: ED429872
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 25
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Rise, Stagnation and Decline of Elementary Social Studies and a Successful Defense.
Mckenzie, Gary R.
Elementary social studies was "custom made" to fit progressive era issues and theories, and to "develop" children into good citizens. Social studies has not developed fast enough to keep pace with culture changes since World War II. Assumptions changed in the United States during World War II and elementary social studies curriculum failed to adapt to the new demands and theories. This explains why social studies is a vanishing species of curriculum. Social studies is unable to compete with language arts for space in the "basic" curriculum. This paper reviews the context and explains the developmental theory that supported the social studies in the progressive era. An explanation of John Dewey's concerns and the serious flaws in elementary social studies is given. A case study of why and how a group of parents successfully supported social studies in Texas in 1980 proves these parent views align perfectly with humanist philosophy, clear political demands, and with modern cognitive psychology that replaced genetic stage theory. The paper suggests that social studies can realign with key forces in today's social and theoretical context to regain an important role in elementary curriculum. Contains 38 references. (BT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas