SSE 7740 Discussion 4 Strip

SSE 7740 Discussion 4 Strip

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  • Hi, I'm Jerome Bruner, Father of, "Man: A Course of Study" (MACOS) and internationally renowned educational  psychologist. Welcome to the first edition of "Academic Comics.!
  • In this edition, we will examine My curriculum, MACOS, as well as another New Social Studies curriculum, "American Political Behavior (APB)."
  • Let's begin!  Both MACOS and APB were national curricular efforts integrating the scientific approaches to the New Social Studies.
  • While each project had a different focus (MACOS = anthropological; APB = political behavior), the goals were the same, to create curricula that was student centered  with a focus on inquiry and problem solving.
  • Despite government funding, scholarly input, and professional development for teachers, both projects failed to last more than a decade.
  • Sure, there were implementation and evaluation of effectiveness issues, but all curricular programs experience these types of roadblocks.  Failure here was impacted by other forces as well, politics and tradition.
  • Given these are ongoing pressures, if the SCIENCE of social studies teaching and learning is to forge ahead, how else might we go about the business of "doing social studies?" 
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