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ERIC Number: EJ718721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0889-0293
On the Alleged Demise of Social Studies: The Eclectic Curriculum in Times of Standardization--A Historical Sketch
Saxe, David Warren
International Journal of Social Education, v18 n2 p93-102 Fall-Win 2003-2004
Social studies is a survivor, enduring as a mainstay of the American curriculum for nearly 100 years. Its longevity is not a tribute to its curricular power nor can we credit a cadre of finely trained professionals for maintaining its influence. Rather, social studies' remarkable survival is due to the near-universal acceptance of the idea that this chameleon-like entity allows practitioners to cast and recast its form and substance into whatever shape desired. This flexible-all-inclusive-eclectic nature of social studies stems from its first "official definition" issued in 1916: The social studies are understood to be those whose subject matter relate to the organization and development of human society, and to man as a member of social groups. This report provides a brief history of Social Studies. (Contains 20 endnotes and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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