The Social Studies: Definition, Organization, and Philosophy
When a superior man knows the causes which make instruction successful, and those which make it of no effect, he can become a teacher of others. Thus in his teaching, he leads and does not drag; he strengthens and does not discourage: he opens the way but does not conduct to the end without the learner's own efforts. Leading and not dragging produces harmony. Strengthening and not discouraging makes attainment easy. Opening the way and not conducting to the end makes the learner thoughtful. He who produces such harmony, easy attainment, and thoughtfulness may be pronounced a skillful teacher.
|What Is (Are) the Social Studies?: Defining Discipline|
|Goals as a Bridge Between Theory and Practice|
|Recapping the Three Dimensions of Social Studies Instruction|
|For Further Study: Definition, Organization, and Philosophy|
Educators have never agreed on a common definition of social studies. We have not yet decided whether the subject is singular or plural, a unity or a collection.