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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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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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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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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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Gustafson, Marcia H.; Meagher, Laura Y. – Social Studies, 1993
Describes programs of the Close Up Foundation for young students. Discusses group projects developed for the Civic Achievement Award Program that emphasize community service and cooperative learning. Concludes with a description of plans to develop Close Up programs for the elementary grades. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Class Activities