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ERIC Number: EJ963309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
The Effects of Life Adjustment Education on the U.S. History Curriculum, 1948-1957
Fallace, Thomas D.
History Teacher, v44 n4 p569-589 Aug 2011
In this historical study, the author argues that the impact of the 1916 Committee on Social Studies report on the disciplinary integrity of the U.S. history curriculum in secondary schools has been greatly exaggerated. Although the history curriculum was refashioned during the 1920s and 1930s as a result of the 1916 report, many of these changes were superficial, and the academic disciplines (specifically history) remained at the core of the curriculum during the years preceding the Second World War. However, a more substantial reformation of the history curriculum took place in the postwar years as a result of life adjustment education. By shifting the turning point in the history curriculum from the 1916 report to the life adjustment education movement of the 1950s, the author demonstrates that the utilitarian and interdisciplinary reforms of the history curriculum that emerged during the 1940s and 1950s. These cannot be attributed to the founders of the social studies, but more significantly to the external ideas of the curriculum specialists who engineered life adjustment education. Thus, the author offers a defense of the recommendations of the 1916 social studies report and suggests that the revisions to the history curriculum during life adjustment education were a betrayal, not a continuation, of this tradition. (Contains 55 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States