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Barth, James L. – International Journal of Social Education, 1995
Explains and presents the results of a survey that asked teachers to rank in importance, and provide time spent on, broad topics (rise of fascism) and related subtopics (Hitler's approach to power). Two-hundred four K-12 teachers responded and provided personal information such as gender and class period length. (MJP)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Comparative Education, Curriculum Enrichment
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Watts-Warren, Betty – International Journal of Social Education, 1995
Contends that a range of theories exists in the social science literature about the effects of family processes on the social and academic success of a family's offspring. Identifies major theoretical perspectives that have dominated the literature on families and minority student achievement. (CFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Blacks, Cultural Differences, Elementary Secondary Education
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Palonsky, Stuart B. – International Journal of Social Education, 1993
Asserts that teacher knowledge has become the focus of educational reform. Reviews research and professional literature on teacher knowledge. Concludes that the knowledge base of outstanding teachers is derived from divergent and complex sources and is buttressed by informed criticism on the part of the teachers. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Critical Thinking, Cultural Pluralism, Education Courses
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Dynneson, Thomas L. – International Journal of Social Education, 1993
Describes the ongoing debate between the student-centered and the discipline-centered approach to curriculum development. Contends that the demand that social studies be made more discipline centered for economic/vocational reasons may result in a loss of the social education skills that employers rate as important. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Democratic Values
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Barth, James L. – International Journal of Social Education, 1993
Contends that citizenship education has become a political agenda rather than an educational concern. Argues that the national standards movement is fueled by opponents of multicultural education, global education, and an integrated social studies curriculum. (CFR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Decision Making
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Adler, Susan A.; And Others – International Journal of Social Education, 1993
Discusses the potential impact that the America 2000 reform effort might have on social studies and citizenship education. Argues that the preoccupation of America 2000 and the business community is short-sighted. Calls for social studies educators to recommit themselves. (CF)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Critical Thinking
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Banks, Cherry A. McGee; Banks, James A. – International Journal of Social Education, 1993
Describes and discusses three explanations of academic achievement: (1) cultural deprivation theory; (2) cultural difference theory; and (3) postmodern discourse-practice. Applies these theories to multicultural education. Argues that social studies teachers must transform their thinking and create classrooms that promote democratic ideals. (CFR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Classroom Environment, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences
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Evans, Sam – International Journal of Social Education, 1993
Reports on a study of state requirements for initial licensing of elementary and secondary social studies teachers. Finds that most states are reluctant to follow educational reform reports to increase general education requirements and decrease emphasis on professional education. Also finds declines in mandated multicultural/human relations…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, History
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Nelson, Murry R. – International Journal of Social Education, 1993
Maintains that current efforts to reform education and social studies are cycles of media hyperbole and political hope. Contends that issues underlying various programs are really about power and control. Argues that social studies has a role in making schools and students models of democratic thought and action. (CFR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizenship Education, Comparative Education, Course Content