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Author Evans, Ronald W.

Title The hope for American school reform [electronic resource] ; The Cold War pursuit of inquiry learning in social studies / Ronald W. Evans.

Published Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.


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Physical description 280 p. : 0 ill.
Notes Electronic book text.
Epublication based on: 9780230107977, 2010.
Contents Introduction: Persistent Dilemmas of Curriculum Improvement * PART I: THE COLD WAR ORIGINS OF CURRICULUM REFORM * Culture War Over the Schools * The Ultimate Weapon * PART II: FROM WOODS HOLE TO PROJECT SOCIAL STUDIES: EMERGENCE OF A REFORM * Great Minds at Woods Hole * Showdown at Endicott House * PART III: INTO THE SCHOOLS * The Projects * PART IV: CONSIDERING ALTERNATIVES * Critiques and Dilemmas * Reform in Perspective * Conclusion: Time of Hope, a Time of Fear.
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Summary As the issue of school reform grows ever more intense, it is imperative that we learn what we can from previous efforts. The new social studies was a 1960s attempt to transform the teaching of history and the social sciences in schools. With origins in the Cold War, the movement sought to develop critical thinkers through "inquiry" and "discovery." Though it led to a veritable treasure trove of innovative materials, the "revolution" envisioned by its proponents never materialized. Engagingly written and drawing on previously untapped archival sources, The Hope for American School Reform offers an insightful perspective on current trends.
"Ron Evans has crafted what will surely become the seminal answers to the questions 'Where did the new social studies come from and why should we care?' In this important, carefully researched, and well-written book, Evans situates the 40 federally funded curriculum projects that together came to be known as the 'new social studies' in historical context, drawing attention to their conservative origins, the many ways in which they were pedagogically progressive, and the reasons why they did not have the long-term impact so many educators hoped for and expected. This well-researched and lively book is important for all social studies educators who seek to learn from the past in order to create a better social studies future." - Diana Hess, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
System notes PDF.
History notes RONALD W. EVANS Professor in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University, USA.
Subject Educational change -- United States.
Social sciences -- Study and teaching -- United States.
Educational strategies & policy -- USA.
School governors & school boards -- USA.
Curriculum planning & development -- USA.
ISBN 9780230116672 : £66.00
0230116671 : £66.00