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ERIC Number: EJ775449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Advocating for Social Studies: Documenting the Decline and Doing Something about It
O'Connor, Katherine A.; Heafner, Tina; Groce, Eric
Social Education, v71 n5 p255-260 Sep 2007
This article illustrates the efforts of educators in North Carolina to advocate for the social studies in an age of high-stakes assessment and tight budgets. Although this story begins with one state, the marginalization of social studies in elementary schools is a nationwide problem. The federal No Child Left Behind law (NCLB) is due for reauthorization, and committees in the House and Senate have begun their deliberations; so now is the time to become informed about the issue and get involved. Here, the authors summarize the data about the decline in instructional time devoted to social studies in schools, discuss the barriers inhibiting the teaching of elementary social studies, and then describe their advocacy visit to Capitol Hill in Washington, District of Columbia, where they discussed these issues with members of Congress and their staffs. They also offer a set of advocacy guidelines in hopes of encouraging social studies professionals to state their concerns to their legislators and the public. (Contains 27 notes.)
National Council for the Social Studies. 8555 Sixteenth Street 500, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Tel: 800-683-0812; Tel: 301-588-1800; Fax: 301-588-2049; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Indiana; Maryland; North Carolina; South Carolina; Washington
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001