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ERIC Number: EJ782141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0889-0293
Comparison of Social Studies Education in the United States, China, and South Korea
Zhao, Yali; Hoge, John D.; Choi, Jungsoon; Lee, Seung-Yun
International Journal of Social Education, v21 n2 p91-122 Fall 2006-Win 2007
This article provides a brief picture of social studies education in the United States, China, and South Korea. It begins with a brief account of the K-12 curriculum structure and history of social studies education in each country in the 20th century. It then turns to a contemporary look at the social studies, the national curriculum standards that were developed in 1990s, and more recent trends and instructional practices in each country. Commonalities and differences in these areas are described and analyzed. In comparing social studies education in the United States, China, and South Korea, it is not hard to see that all these nations are aware of the changes brought about by globalization and they all attempt to accommodate these changes in their social studies curriculum. This article concludes with a section on the influence of contemporary testing practices and a critical consideration of the strengths and weakness of social studies as it is currently manifested in these three countries. (Contains 3 tables and 38 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: China; South Korea; United States