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Laney, James D. – Social Studies, 1993
Asserts that economics education is a desirable goal for the elementary curriculum because elementary students can learn and understand economic concepts. Reviews four "Teaching-Learning Principles" based on empirical research about learning effectiveness. Applies these principles to economic concepts such as scarcity, cost-benefit analysis, and…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Economics, Economics Education
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Schug, Mark C. – Social Studies, 1989
Reports on information gathered from interviewing 29 urban, midwest elementary school teachers concerning their rationale for teaching elementary social studies. Revealed that teachers view the social studies as a form of human relations training. Citizenship education, inquiry, and principles of democracy were not considered major objectives. (KO)
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Educational Principles, Educational Research, Elementary Education
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Senesh, Lawrence – Social Studies, 1993
Reviews the history and development of the "Our Working World" elementary textbook series, an example of the New Social Studies reform movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Describes the Organic Curriculum, which integrated the fundamental ideas of five social science disciplines. Maintains that implementing the K-6 program all at once was an…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Discovery Learning, Economics
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Wade, Rahima C. – Social Studies, 1995
Asserts that social studies teacher educators can develop future teachers' commitment to student service learning. Describes and reports on a study of a community service-learning program for elementary preservice social studies teachers. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Course Descriptions
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Rader, William D. – Social Studies, 1995
Describes the origins, development, and activities of the Elementary School Economics Project at the University of Chicago during the "New Social Studies" era of the 1960s. Maintains that the program was compatible with the social science and inquiry-based instructional strategies popular at that time. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Economic Factors, Economics, Economics Education
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David, Carol – Social Studies, 1989
Reports on a comparative study of two fifth-grade classes (Louisville, Kentucky) whose members learned economic principles through the establishment of a classroom grocery store. Provides a review of the literature relating to economic education and simulations, discusses the actual classroom instruction, and describes the instrument used to…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Consumer Education