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Rallis, Donald N.; Rallis, Helen – Social Studies, 1995
Maintains that the nature and role of geography within social studies has been a major area of debate since 1916. Asserts that geography relies too heavily on rote memorization of facts and neglects geographic thinking. Contends that geography teachers share the blame for this and must change their teaching and evaluation methods. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Educational Change, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education
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Alleman, Janet; Brophy, Jere – Social Studies, 1994
Contends that barriers to effective education can be overcome by using the community as a living laboratory for social studies learning. Discusses out-of-school learning opportunities that meet four criteria: (1) goal relevance; (2) appropriate level of difficulty; (3) feasibility; and (4) cost effectiveness. (CFR)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Community Involvement, Community Resources, Cultural Differences
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Passe, Jeff – Social Studies, 1994
Reports on a study of early field experience activities in 22 teacher education programs. Concludes that the goals of most field experiences programs are seldom achieved. Recommends more institutional support and field experience assignments geared to self-reflection and analysis. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cooperating Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Experiential Learning, Field Experience Programs
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Chance, Jerry M. – Social Studies, 1993
Contends that the end of the Cold War does not necessarily mean the triumph of democracy. Presents contemporary interpretations of the democratic concepts of liberty, equality, and fraternity. Asserts that responsible action in a democratic society requires continued reflection about values education. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Democracy, Democratic Values
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Wright, Ian – Social Studies, 1993
Contends that the key questions in civic education are How should people be treated? and How should disputes between people be resolved? Argues that a moral system is necessary for a civil society and that schools have a responsibility to encourage common-sense notions of ethical behavior. Includes classroom activities to illustrate this approach.…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Class Activities, Democratic Values, Educational Objectives
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Mabe, Alan R. – Social Studies, 1993
Asserts that, although there is widespread agreement that civic education is a worthy educational goal, there is little agreement about its content or appropriate instructional methods. Maintains that effective moral education must involve discussion of substantive civic-moral issues and consideration of moral alternatives. Recommends using the…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Design
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Morse, Suzanne W. – Social Studies, 1993
Contends that the best way to learn about citizenship is by discussing real societal issues that are connected to student interests. Maintains that a democratic classroom environment also provides an opportunity for practicing civic values. Provides four guidelines for establishing community service projects in the schools. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Classroom Environment, Community Services
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Barr, Hugh – Social Studies, 1993
Reviews the history, characteristics, and impact of the New Social Studies movement in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s. Describes the educational goals, teaching methods, and instructional materials commonly used in the New Zealand social studies curriculum. (CFR)
Descriptors: Course Content, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Guides
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Pugh, Sharon; And Others – Social Studies, 1994
Asserts that, even with the expansion of new electronic media and educational technology, books still represent the widest range of possibilities for providing multiple perspectives on the human experience. Provides a list of 20 books reviewed and recommended in the article. (CFR)
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Curriculum Design, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Oswald, James M. – Social Studies, 1993
Traces the origins, growth, and decline of the "New Social Studies" movement between 1960 and 1975. Identifies the movement's curriculum projects, individual leaders, and materials. Discusses reasons for its decline and suggests that the 1990s may bring a revival of another period of social studies reform and innovation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational History
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Wentworth, Donald R.; Schug, Mark C. – Social Studies, 1993
Argues that economic education is an integral component of social studies and citizenship education. Maintains that adolescents are more likely to believe that one's life is controlled by fate rather than conscious choices. Asserts that teaching economic reasoning can improve students' critical thinking skills and citizenship education. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Design, Economics
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Buell, Frederick – Social Studies, 1993
Asserts that U.S. global awareness has been heightened significantly during the past decade. Contends that increasing economic interdependence has been a primary reason for this trend. States that the objectives of the world studies program at City University of New York Queens College help student understanding of global interdependence and…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Cross Cultural Studies, Cultural Differences, Developing Nations
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Griffith, Anthony D. – Social Studies, 1990
Discusses the role of social studies education in a developing nation, both in theory, and as it is practiced in the English-speaking Caribbean. Diagrams a dynamic for teaching social studies in developing societies. Contends that social studies education has a unique role to play in the enterprise of nation building. (DB)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Developing Nations, Development, Educational Development
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Cushner, Kenneth – Social Studies, 1990
Stresses that the increasing complexity and interconnectedness of the world demands that curriculum and teaching methods be adapted appropriately. Suggests how teachers from a variety of disciplines might emphasize the international dimension of their subject. (DB)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society)
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Otto, Robert – Social Studies, 1994
Describes the origins, development, and significant characteristics of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. Discusses the importance of outcome-based assessment in the program and presents eight "valued outcomes" that will be assessed in social studies. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives
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