The Social Sciences as School Subjects

The Social Sciences as School Subjects

The Social Sciences as School Subjects

The Social Sciences as School Subjects

Excerpt

The present work deals directly with the national experience in the organization of the social sciences for school purposes. That experience has largely determined the habits of our schools in making their programs in this field. The Commission recognized the fact that any changes in curriculum which it may suggest must rest upon past practice as a base. A clear and comprehensive statement of that practice was therefore vitally necessary to the work of the Commission. It is this need which the present volume meets.

The author of the work, Rolla M. Tryon, Professor of the Teaching of History, University of Chicago, has been a leader in his field of work for many years. When the Commission appointed its advisory committee on the Organization of Content and Methods of Instruction, Curriculum Committee for short, he was appointed Chairman of that Committee. This committee formulated the plans for the investigation of this area of the problem and the Chairman of the Committee was prevailed upon by the Commission to undertake the study of curricular organization. The achievement of this task would have been impossible in the time available were it not for the systematic collection of material which he had been making in the many years of his professional activity. The first draft of this work was submitted to the members of the Commission in the spring of 1933. Since that time the author has revised the manuscript in light of the suggestions and criticisms received from members of the Commission and others as indicated in his preface.

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