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Massialas, Byron G. – Social Studies, 1989
Outlines two reasons that issue-centered discourse will be legitimized in the schools. Contends that the impact of societal problems will force schools to deal with social issues, and that the recognition of the hidden curriculum's influence will impel schools to capitalize on the learning taking place within their walls. (SLM)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Discussion (Teaching Technique), Educational Change, Educational Trends
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Evans, Ronald W. – Social Studies, 1989
Notes the current attempt to replace social studies with U.S. history and geography. Delineates the two strands of thought in the social studies reform movement and argues that there is a strong tradition of the social studies as a unified, issue-centered field of study. (SLM)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Educational Change, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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Gross, Richard E. – Social Studies, 1989
Contends that the problems approach is new to most teachers and is at odds with the dominant curricular trend that includes reliance on textbooks and content-oriented courses. Concludes that there is a formidable set of forces opposing the implementation of such a curriculum. (SLM)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Elementary Secondary Education
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Engle, Shirley H. – Social Studies, 1989
Outlines a method for modifying the current social studies curriculum so it can be taught from an issue-centered approach. States that conventional courses in history and geography would be organized around the study of a select number of important issues and illustrates the way these classes would be taught using this approach. (SLM)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Decision Making
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Evans, Ronald W. – Social Studies, 1989
Reviews the history of social studies as an integrated, issue-centered field of study from its inception within the progressive movement to the present. Summarizes major curricular development projects within the issues-centered orientation and speculates on the decline of the problems approach in social studies education. (SLM)
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational History
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Levitt, Gregory A.; Longstreet, Wilma S. – Social Studies, 1993
Argues that teaching authentic civic values in schools frequently requires teaching about controversial issues. Asserts that adequate teacher preparation and continued inservice education is essential for effective instruction about contemporary social problems. Includes two model lessons and a list of organizations that offer materials for civic…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Curriculum Development