ERIC Number: EJ1144319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
The Radical Reforms: A Historic Shift in the National Council for the Social Studies
Binford, Paul E.
American Educational History Journal, v40 n2 p317-334 2013
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS or Council), founded in 1921, is the premiere professional association in the social studies field. This treatment of a transformative period in the institutional history of the Council is intended to serve as a partial antidote to the social studies field's longstanding case of "historical amnesia" (Hertzberg 1981) among scholars regarding the history of the NCSS. This account was constructed using archival documents obtained from the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin (the location of the NCSS archives), articles from "Social Education" and "The Social Studies Professional" (the Council's flagship journal and newsletter, respectively), as well as participant interviews of leaders in the NCSS during the period under study. Specifically, this article responds to Ronald W. Evans (2003/2004, pp. vii-viii) appeal for "full, rich, and multisided" accounts of social studies past.
Descriptors: Social Studies, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Educational History, Administrative Principles, Professional Associations, Content Analysis, Publications, Curriculum Guides, Yearbooks, Activism, Social Change, Social Justice, Racial Discrimination, Womens Studies, Committees, Organizational Objectives, Position Papers
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