Essence of Social Studies, Active learning, integrated, meaningful, of…
Essence of Social Studies
Definition and main purpose :dolphin:
The integrated study of social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence
develop ability to make informed & reasoned decisions for public good as citizens of diverse, democratic society in interdependent world
Prepare to assume office of citizenship. Integrate knowledge, skills and attitudes within & across disciplines
Disciplines & goals :goal_net:
Founded in: anthropology, archaeology, economics, geography, law, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, sociology, humanism, maths, natural science
Goals: 1. individual development 2. Social and civic competence 3. knowledge-based concept of social reality 4. appreciation & respect for human diversity 5. Global citizenship
Time, continuity and change
People, places & environments
Individual development and identity
Individuals, groups & institutions
Power, authority & governance
Production, distribution & consumption
Science, technology & society
Civic deals & practices
Theories & approaches
past approaches: 1930 facts, unchanging body
Progressive education & here-&-now: experience for themselves, L Sprague Mitchell
Social living curr: skills & habits to function in demo society, 1923 P Smith
Holiday curr: celebrate holidays w/o concern for knowledge, skills, attitudes & values gained from them
Standards for knowledge, skills & attitudes
Knowledge: what they should know & do beginning kindergarten.
Skills: respect rights and privacy, promote common good, participate in voting
Attitudes & values: democratic way of life, rights to life, liberty, dignity, equality & speech taught first.
Scope & sequence
Scope: how much will be taught. sequence: order in which it'll be taught
Diversity from classmates.
Basic elements of cultures: food, shelter, transport, clothing, families, work, communication, government & recreation.
Historic, economic, geographic, multicultural civic & global connections. maths & science connections.
food groups, nutrition, farming an plant growth, geographical influences, historical changes, production and distribution, needs and wants, choices and holidays integrated into framework.
Active learning, integrated, meaningful, of high interest
SA curriculum: social science concepts, conservation, cause and effect, place adaption, relationships and interdependence, diversity, individuality and change