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Freeman, Joseph F. – Social Studies, 1973
The relationship of democracy to the formal education of American students is examined. The author points out that schools, in teaching democracy, teach dogma without imparting much notion of practice. It is suggested that democracy cannot be taught in the classroom. What can be taught, however, is a manner of subordination. (SM)
Descriptors: Civics, Democracy, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Education
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Williams, James C. – Social Studies, 1973
The social sciences are examined in terms of a basic purpose of education--to help young people cope with life in their society. The fact that social studies education disregards the basic purpose of education and offers an adult centered curriculum with roots in the past is discussed, and ways to deal with these problems are briefly suggested.…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Problems, Elementary Education
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Watson, Edward D. – Social Studies, 1974
College courses in the social sciences should be oriented toward the study of man, rather than the course for its own sake. Discussed are different teaching approaches for the study of man. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Course Organization, Elementary Education, Higher Education, Humanism
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Sadker, David; Cooper, James M. – Social Studies, 1972
Constructing a matrix model not only offers the teacher a theoretical and practical method for organizing his own knowledge about a topic, but provides a vehicle for the student to cope with contemporary knowledge explosion in a realistic and sophisticated manner. (Author)
Descriptors: Conceptual Schemes, Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Bernard, T. L.; Urch, G. E. – Social Studies, 1972
Increasing the range and depth of experiences that children have with people and places that are dissimilar will enable them to more readily accept the differences in the world and will also help them develop sensitivity toward other human beings. (Author/JB)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Awareness, Elementary Education, Social Attitudes
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Wood, Robert W. – Social Studies, 1971
Collecting, utilizing, and displaying old or antique items will give elementary children some firsthand experience of how people in the past lived, what they worked with, and the progress of their industrial development. Using brainstorming, interviews with senior citizens, resource people, and classroom demonstrations are suggested techniques.…
Descriptors: Community Resources, Curriculum Enrichment, Elementary Education, History Instruction
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Scult, Melvin – Social Studies, 1972
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Disadvantaged, Elementary Education, Ethnic Studies
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Thomas, John I. – Social Studies, 1972
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Concept Teaching, Elementary Education, Inquiry
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Whiting, Nancy Carolyn – Social Studies, 1998
Advocates the use of archaeology and anthropology as tools for delivering multicultural education in the elementary setting. Argues that archaeology demonstrates to children the ways that various cultures have solved problems related to a common set of human needs. Discusses curriculum design and includes two lesson plans. (DSK)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Design
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Petitt, Elizabeth; Ochoa, Anna S. – Social Studies, 1991
Identifies writing projects, children's literature, role-playing activities, and community resources that teachers can use in instructing young children about the Bill of Rights. Reminds teachers not to be overzealous in presenting the subject. Suggests that guest speakers and field trips are likely to have a greater impact upon students than most…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Citizenship Education, Community Resources, Constitutional Law
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Rutherford, Leane H. – Social Studies, 1991
Suggests multisensory approaches to writing instruction. Explains how even pieces of candy can provide students with memorable lessons in writing. Encourages teachers to be creative in coming up with similar ideas of their own. (SG)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Instructional Materials, Perception, Sensory Experience
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Ahern, John – Social Studies, 1991
Observes that instruction about Pilgrim and American Indian life often is filled with misconceptions. Explains that the foods and dress of the era differed those usually portrayed in association with the "first" Thanksgiving, a continuation of an ancient harvest celebration. Offers a Thanksgiving quiz for teaching students the realities…
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian History, Clothing, Colonial History (United States)
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Philbin, Meg; Myers, Jeanette S. – Social Studies, 1991
Suggests promoting student critical thinking and motivation through the dramatization of U.S. history. Explains that the exercises make use of old newspaper articles, diaries, and letters, as well as physical artifact facsimiles. Discusses an activity in which students acted out the formation of the Iroquois nation, then wrote first person…
Descriptors: American Indian History, Critical Thinking, Drama, Elementary Education
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Sears, Alan; Bidlake, George – Social Studies, 1991
Presents a program for making oral history real to elementary children by sponsoring a senior citizens' tea. Describes the experiences of the children in preparing and giving the tea. Discusses the program's benefits of enhancing the store of information about community history and oral history and promoting student use of language in many forms.…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Elementary Education, Grade 5, Grade 6
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Marsh, Colin J. – Social Studies, 1983
A survey of social studies professors in Australian colleges and universities showed that curriculum materials analysis is not a major emphasis in elementary methods courses. (RM)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries
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