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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1993
Questions whether current social studies curriculum units and learning activities contribute to the goals of citizenship education. Contends that student attitudes about citizenship are seldom affected by typical social studies instruction. Asserts that teachers must understand and accept larger educational goals and develop classroom activities…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education
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Akinbote, Olusegun – Canadian Social Studies, 1995
Maintains that citizenship education is an important aspect of the philosophy of Nigerian education. Describes the role and growth of citizenship education from the precolonial period to the present. Provides suggestions on how to make citizenship education in Nigeria more effective. (CFR)
Descriptors: African Culture, African History, Citizenship Education, Colonialism
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Seixas, Peter – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Introduces the articles and topics featured in this special theme issue. The articles revolve around two major developments: the cognitive revolution in psychology and the historiographic revolution in history. Reviews the history of these two revolutions and notes articles relevant to each. (DSK)
Descriptors: Cognitive Psychology, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Clark, Penney – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Traces challenges to history's place in Canadian school curricula during the 20th century. Argues that while citizenship goals have provided the rationale for teaching history, history as a vehicle of citizenship education has come under assault. Considers the question of inclusion in the historical narrative and how it has been addressed. (DSK)
Descriptors: Canadian Studies, Citizenship Education, Civics, Curriculum Development
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Al-Qahtani, Salem Ali Salem – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Argues that social studies in Saudi Arabia has gone through three periods since the 1920s. Reviews the first two periods as an introduction to contemporary developments. Notes the goals of social studies in Saudi Arabia. Reviews the results of a series of studies on the social studies curriculum and instruction. (DSK)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Curriculum Development, Educational History
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Wickwire, Wendy – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Presents an overview of ethnohistory, a relatively new area of historical investigation that draws on anthropology, geography, and linguistics, as well as history, to document the pasts of predominantly indigenous peoples. Encourages social studies teachers to take notice of a major body of work being produced by Canadian ethnohistorians. (DSK)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Studies
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Osborne, Brian S. – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Discusses the importance of cultural geography for understanding the environment and of teaching geography as a form of visual literacy. Notes different concepts of landscape, including landscapes as physical geography, landscapes as texts, and landscapes as a process of identity formation. Examines cultural expressions of geographic visual…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries
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Case, Roland; Wright, Ian – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Argues that attempts to incorporate critical-thinking skills into social studies instruction have been negligible. Outlines a framework for effectively helping students to become better thinkers that utilizes a model from the Critical Thinking Cooperative. The model considers such pedagogical factors as background knowledge, habits of mind, and…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Philosophy
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Paul, Richard – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Reviews some of the basic tenets of critical thinking as it applies to social studies, especially those articulated in Roland Case's and Ian Wright's article, "Taking Seriously the Teaching of Critical Thinking." Praises the article but suggests that it would be improved by tightening the central focus. (MJP)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Criticism, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Advocates a broader and more flexible conceptualization of the Canadian social studies curriculum, emphasizing thematic and interdisciplinary approaches rather than chronology and topics. Praises the reflective inquiry teaching model that adopts a learner-centered approach. Compares social studies to other curricula in an attempt to discover a new…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Curriculum Evaluation
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Wright, Chris – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Highlights the main points of Newfoundland's," A Curriculum Framework for Social Studies: Navigating the Future." Examines the document's development, theoretical foundations, content, and applications. The Framework stresses historical, geographical, economic, cultural, political-legal, global, and technological literacy. (MJP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Principles
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Hughes, Andrew S.; And Others – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Examines the theoretical base of New Brunswick's recent social studies curriculum reform. New Brunswick defines its curriculum in terms of understandings, competencies, and dispositions (emphasizing independent, creative, and critical learning). Expounds on social studies that is meaningful, integrative, value-based, challenging, and active. (MJP)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation
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Laville, Christian – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Demonstrates the similarities between the social studies curricula of Quebec and other Canadian provinces. Examines these in the context of criticisms that Quebec's curricula is divisive and chauvinistic. Refutes these charges and maintains that Quebec's emphasis on local history is no greater than that of other districts. (MJP)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Course Content, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development
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Skeoch, Alan – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Attempts to sort out and address many of the issues, controversies, and concerns surrounding Ontario's adoption of a common curriculum. Finds confusion and factionalism on both sides exacerbated by a preponderance of jargon. Identifies and defines key features of the common curriculum. (MJP)
Descriptors: Core Curriculum, Course Content, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development
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Orr, Jeff; Smit, Hans – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Compares and contrasts the social studies curricula in two Canadian provinces. Saskatchewan has adopted a student-centered approach emphasizing transformative knowledge and transactional strategies. Alberta is focusing more on knowledge acquisition and traditional assessment. Considers the reasons for these differences and proposes some directions…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Course Content, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development
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