Abstract 3- Volume 2, Number 1, Spring 2007

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 2, Number 1, Spring 2007

 

 

The New Social Studies: A Historical Examination of Curriculum Reform

Jeffrey Byford
Valdosta State University

William Russell
University of Mississippi

Abstract

In the 1950s, social studies education came under attack from both citizens and the government for the failure to promote citizenship. Events both at home and abroad eventually led to a collective reexamination of the overall purpose and goals of social studies. As a result, over fifty curriculum projects were developed to promote individual social sciences and advances in curriculum design. The purpose of this article is to examine some of the major projects developed during the new social studies movement. As well, this article provides readers with an explanation of the various causes that led to curriculum changes. Due to the large number or projects, the authors have selected eight of the major projects to discuss and highlight.

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About the Author(s)…

Jeffrey M. Byford, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at Valdosta State University. He serves as the program coordinator for social studies education. His research interests include the examination of new social studies projects, alternative assessment in the classroom as well as students’ perceptions of social studies. Dr. Byford received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Oklahoma. Contact information jmbyford@valdosta.edu, Valdosta State University.


William B Russell III, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education at The University of Mississippi. He serves as the program coordinator for social studies education and teaches courses related to social studies education. His research interests include teaching with film as well as alternative teaching methods for the social studies. Dr. Russell earned his Ph.D. in Social Science Education from Florida State University, and prior to moving into higher education, he taught middle and high school social studies in Florida. Contact information wrussell@olemiss.edu, The University of Mississippi.