ERIC Number: ED463226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Social Science Exploratory. Course of Study.
Idaho State Dept. of Education, Boise.
This Idaho Social Science Exploratory course of study applies standards-based content knowledge and skills to an enhanced investigation of geography, history, entrepreneurism, and civic engagement at an eighth-grade level. The exploratory course draws upon the disciplines to emphasize concepts and generalizations from the social sciences, promotes the integration of skills and knowledge, encourages the transfer of knowledge and skills to life, and has the potential to challenge and excite students. Recalling the students' background knowledge of state, country, and world cultures, the course examines past and present events that have shaped and continue to shape the human experience. This explanatory course, offered prior to high school, provides an instructional opportunity for the remediation of skill development, content background, and geography assessment. The ultimate goal of social studies in Idaho is to develop the civic competence and civic participation of Idaho's youth. The K-12 social studies standards in history, economics, and civics/government include an interwoven thread of civic education developed according to the language of the national civics and government standards. Following an introduction, the guide is divided into four blocks: (1) "Location and Place: Exploring the Idaho Landscape"; (2) "Migration: Idaho's Diverse Cultures"; (3) "Conflict and Compromise: Idaho's Regional Identities"; and (4) "Turning Points: The Interaction of People and Their Environment in Idaho." Each block is subdivided by "Goal and Objectives"; "Idaho Achievement Standards"; and "Strands and Materials." Appended are the Idaho Achievement Standards. (BT)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizenship Education, Course Content, Cultural Context, Grade 8, Middle Schools, Public Schools, Social Sciences, Social Studies, State Standards, Student Educational Objectives
Idaho Department of Education, Len B. Jordan Office Building, 650 West State Street, P.O. Box 83720, Boise, ID 83720-0027. Tel: 208-332-6800; Fax: 208-334-2228. For full text: http://www.sde.state.id.us/admin/coursesofstudy.htm.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Idaho State Dept. of Education, Boise.
Identifiers - Location: Idaho