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ERIC Number: EJ944028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 44
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0889-0293
Is the Sky Really Falling?: An Update on the Status of Social Studies in the K-5 Curriculum in Indiana
VanFossen, Phillip J.; McGrew, Chris
International Journal of Social Education, v23 n1 p139-182 Spr-Sum 2008
This study replicates a 2005 study of the status of social studies in the K-5 curriculum in Indiana. The current study reports the results of a comprehensive survey (33 fixed and 2 open-ended) of a stratified (by grade) random sample of K-5 teachers in Indiana (n = 385; response rate = 32%). Results indicated a continued marginalization of social studies relative to other core areas (e.g. mathematics and English/language arts) as found in the previous study. Two of the three factors reported in the previous study still seem to play a role in this marginalization: (1) perceived level of administrative support for implementing social studies standards; and (2) lack of a state-wide high stakes assessment for social studies at the K-5 level. The third factor, teachers' lack of a clear understanding of the goals and mission of social studies may also be a contributing factor, but requires further analysis and will be discussed in another report. The current study provides a second point of reference that may indicate a trend. However, the report indicated that attitudes by teachers toward the social studies may be changing. The current study finds that respondents devoted less time to social studies instruction than they did in the previous study. This occurred despite the fact that more teachers were aware of and used the Indiana Academic Standards for the Social Studies in their planning. As in the previous study, there was an association (albeit slightly weaker) between administrative support for social studies and time devoted to social studies instruction. The report concludes that the status of K-5 social studies education is worse than it was four years ago and that social studies in the Indiana K-5 curriculum is a discipline at risk. (Contains 69 notes and 7 tables.)
International Journal of Social Education. Ball State University, Department of History, Muncie, IN 47306. Tel: 765-285-8700; Fax: 765-285-5612; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001