9780807744192

The Social Studies Wars: What Should We Teach the Children?

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  • ISBN13:

    9780807744192

  • ISBN10:

    0807744190

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/1/2004
  • Publisher: Teachers College Pr

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Summary

Ronald Evans describes and interprets the continuing battles over the purposes, content, methods, and theorectical foundations of the social studies curriculum. This facinating volume: addresses the failure of social studies to reach its potential for dynamic teaching because of a lack of consensus in the field; links the ever-changing rhetoric and policy decisions to their influence on classroom practice; and helps to clarify the meaning, direction, and purposes of social studies instruction in schools.

Author Biography

Ronald W. Evans is a professor in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: The Struggle for Social Studies 1(4)
1. Establishing Traditional History 5(16)
Enter the Committees
6(10)
Debate over Traditional History
16(2)
Conclusion
18(3)
2. The 1916 Compromise: The Report on Social Studies 21(25)
The Report on Social Studies
23(4)
Reflections
27(2)
Silence
29(3)
Debate on social Studies in the 1920's
32(4)
NCSS Founded
36(1)
Progressive Education and Rugg Social Studies
37(4)
Looking Backward and Looking Forward
41(5)
3. Social Studies in Hard Times: Social Reconstructionism and the Educational Frontier 46(24)
Larger Battles
49(1)
Education for Social Reconstructionism
50(2)
The Commission on Social Studies of the AHA
52(7)
Rugg and Problem-Centered Social Studies
59(7)
Rhetoric Versus Reality
66(4)
4. War and the War on Social Studies 70(26)
War and Education
71(1)
Progressivism Continued
72(3)
The Gathering storm
75(9)
The Controversy over American History
84(10)
Conclusion
94(2)
5. The Cold War and the Return to Academic Study 96(26)
Attacks on Progressive Education
97(7)
Curriculum Trends
104(3)
The Continuing Struggle to Define Social Studies
107(6)
The Anticommunist Crusade
113(2)
Sputnik and the National Defense Education Act
115(2)
Classroom Realities
117(2)
Conclusion
119(3)
6. The Era of the New Social Studies 122(27)
Emergence
123(8)
Definitional Dilemmas
131(3)
The Newer Social Studies
134(6)
Aftermath
140(4)
Can Social Studies Be Changed?
144(3)
Conclusion
147(2)
7. The Runaway Train of Standards Reform 149(26)
Reform story
152(2)
The Revival of Traditional History
154(5)
The National Commission on Social Studies
159(1)
Crosscurrents
160(2)
Standards
162(4)
A Storm of Controversy
166(5)
Explaining the Conservative Restoration
171(4)
Conclusion: The Continuing Struggle for Meaningful Learning 175(4)
References 179(20)
Index 199(14)
About the Author 213

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