The Hope for American School Reform: The Cold War Pursuit of Inquiry Learning in Social Studies

The Hope for American School Reform: The Cold War Pursuit of Inquiry Learning in Social Studies

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By (author) Ronald W. Evans

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 210mm x 22mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 22 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230107974
  • ISBN 13: 9780230107977
  • Sales rank: 1,525,516

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The Hope of American School Reform tells the story of the origins of the reform in science and math education, its broadening to social studies, the projects and materials created, the critiques and dilemmas that emerged, resistance reflecting the politics of schooling, and the many difficulties experienced by the reformers as they encountered entrenched patterns of schooling resistant to an inquiry mode of teaching. The book is drawn, in part, on new research from previously untapped archival sources. It offers an in-depth analysis of not only the historical questions involved in understanding this period of reform, but also provides a penetrating analysis of the central dilemma of the social studies field, the "grammar" of social studies, the broad and deeply engrained patterns of school practice which stand as an obstacle to meaningful social learning in schools. The aim of this work is to contribute to our understanding of a major effort to reform school curricula, to better understand its dilemmas and possibilities, and to provide a stimulus to thoughtful consideration of current and future reforms.

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RONALD W. EVANS Professor in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University, USA.

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"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

Table of 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