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ERIC Number: EJ773730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
Elementary Social Studies in 2005: Danger or Opportunity?--A Response to Jeff Passe
Libresco, Andrea S.
Social Studies, v97 n5 p193-195 Sep-Oct 2006
From the emphasis on lower-level test-prep materials to the disappearance of the subject altogether, elementary social studies is, in the best case scenario, being tested and, thus, taught with a heavy emphasis on recall; and, in the worst-case scenario, not being taught at all. In this article, the author responds to Jeff Passe's views on elementary social studies. According to the author, Passe's excellent summary of the challenges facing elementary social studies educators in the present high-stakes testing environment seems to indicate danger--perhaps even crisis--is in order. Her response to Passe's article focuses on invoking the optimistic paradox that the Chinese character for "danger" can also stand for opportunity, and note that in these rather dark times for elementary social studies educators, elementary social studies teachers still have much power to make positive change. She emphasizes that the type of test matters and test preparation does not have to intrinsically antiethical to critical thinking. She talks about ongoing staff development and support systems as well as reexamining interdisciplinary instruction. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York