ERIC Number: ED269312
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
National Security in the Nuclear Age. A Conference for State Social Studies Coordinators on Pre-Collegiate National Security Education (Washington, DC, June 26-July 1, 1983).
Trout, B. Thomas; And Others
This conference report addresses education on national security and international relations in secondary school courses in the social studies. Main conclusions of the conference are: (1) Topics on national security should be added to the secondary school curriculum. (2) Current institutional and instructional settings are open to inclusion of national security topics into the curriculum. (3) State social studies coordinators are key actors in efforts to include national security in the secondary school curriculum. (4) Materials available for use in secondary school courses tend to be biased, doctrinaire, or overly technical and thereby unsuitable for the general education of citizens. (5) New instructional materials should be developed that are concept-based, clear, and balanced with respect to presentation of various points of view and avoidance of special pleading or promotion of causes. (6) Enduring curriculum improvement requires in-service education of teachers. (7) The subject matter of national security provides a common frame of reference for curriculum improvement, which might take various forms suitable to different regions or school districts. (8) Selection of development. (9) Appropriate points of entry exist for introduction of national security topics in the social studies curriculum. (10) Effective programs for curriculum change must address the role of the teacher. (11) There must be close collaboration between academic specialists in national security and specialists in curriculum and teaching to bring about enduring and effective reform of education about national security in secondary schools. (JP)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., St. Louis. Center for International Studies.; Arms Control Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Document contains small print.