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ERIC Number: EJ751205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
The State of Social Studies: A National Random Survey of Elementary and Middle School Social Studies Teachers
Leming, James S.; Ellington, Lucien; Schug, Mark
Social Education, v70 n5 p322-327 Sep 2006
This study attempts to gain some level of national understanding of what exactly is going on with social studies in elementary and middle schools. It focuses upon public elementary and middle schools, the educational institutions where formal history and civic education allegedly begins. A nationally representative telephone survey of 1,051 randomly selected second-, fifth-, and eighth-grade social studies teachers was conducted through the University of Connecticut's Center for Survey Research and Analysis. The results of the survey show that, among others, schools place less importance on social studies than most other subjects, teachers in two of the three grades surveyed (second, fifth) spend little classroom time on social studies, and acceptance of cultural diversity was rated the most important reason for teaching social studies than learning about American heroes. The findings of the survey are discussed in this article. (Contains 3 tables and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 2; Grade 5; Grade 8; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A