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Longstreet, Wilma S. – International Journal of Social Education, 1991
Discusses the content of social studies as a discipline. Suggests that the real curriculum of the social studies in actual teaching is history. Argues that the original emphasis on citizenship training needs to be restored or developed as a separate discipline to establish a source of knowledge independent of the social studies. (DK)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education
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Nelson, Jack L. – International Journal of Social Education, 1991
Discusses the educational reform efforts to reorganize the social studies curriculum in the United States. Criticizes a return to conservative, traditional approaches to social studies than emphasize history and geography while ignoring more contemporary ideas. Suggests that, to develop a discipline of social studies, more scholarly pursuit and…
Descriptors: Back to Basics, Conservatism, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation
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Fujioka, Nobukatsu – International Journal of Social Education, 1992
Presents results of a questionnaire asking Japanese teachers how and what they teach about World War II. Reports that survey included broad and narrow questions on the war in Asia, Europe, and the Pacific. Concludes that Japan's postwar peace education has been a success but that more emphasis needs to be placed on cause and effect in history. (DK)
Descriptors: Asian History, Course Content, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education
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Schlene, Vickie J. – International Journal of Social Education, 1991
Provides a partial listing of works found in the ERIC database on the debate between those who support social studies as a discipline and those who would replace it with history and geography courses. Includes articles, reports, and reviews covering various aspects of the debate. (DK)
Descriptors: Course Content, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Elementary Secondary Education
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Schlene, Vickie J. – International Journal of Social Education, 1992
Lists eight entries in the ERIC database that concern Christopher Columbus and the effects of his voyages on world history. Includes works on curriculum development, biological effects of the contact, and a bibliography of books for children. Explains how to find and obtain the materials. (DK)
Descriptors: Biographies, Biological Influences, Childrens Literature, Curriculum Development
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Butts, R. Freeman – International Journal of Social Education, 1993
Maintains that the world is nearing the end of a great age of democratic revolutions. Asserts that civic or citizenship education is in danger of being sidetracked by the national educational reform movement. Argues that "CIVITAS," a civic education curriculum framework, provides a model for effective citizenship education. (CFR)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics
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Davis, O. L., Jr. – International Journal of Social Education, 1993
Argues that dispute between history and social studies in the curriculum is not recent but goes back 75 years. Asserts the term "social studies" is not a separate discipline but simply an umbrella term to describe the broad field of social subjects offered in the school curriculum. Calls for an end to the dispute between history and…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational History
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Dynneson, Thomas L.; And Others – International Journal of Social Education, 1994
Discusses the role of citizenship education from the post-World War II period to the present. Finds that social studies teachers may not be providing students with participatory experiences such as community projects, even though research indicates that these activities encourage civic participation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizen Role, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Class Activities
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Barth, James L. – International Journal of Social Education, 1992
Compares questionnaire results sent to elementary and secondary school teachers in Indiana and Japan. Surveys how and what is taught about World War II. Reports teachers in the United States concentrate more on Europe, Pearl Harbor, and fascism, whereas Japanese teachers are more concerned with Pacific theater. Concludes Japanese teach peace…
Descriptors: Asian History, Comparative Analysis, Course Content, Course Objectives
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Patrick, John J. – International Journal of Social Education, 1992
Suggests methods of teaching about the voyages of Columbus to develop students' knowledge and cognitive skills. Presents five keys to accuracy and balance in teaching about Columbus: emphasize biological and cultural exchange; apply the major geographic themes; examine events in their historical context; present multiple viewpoints; and use…
Descriptors: Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geography Instruction
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Freeland, Kent – International Journal of Social Education, 1992
Compares recent educational assessment policies of the United States and England. Asserts that the two nations are moving closer in their approach to educational assessment and student evaluation. Contends that U.S. social studies educators should follow closely the ramifications of national assessment in England. (CFR)
Descriptors: Achievement, British National Curriculum, Comparative Education, Educational Assessment