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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