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Social Studies in Other Nations


by Susanne M. Shafer 1981

Education in other nations arouses interest among Americans more as a possible source of ideas for dealing with educational problems than as a social phenomenon basic to the culture of another country that reveals important features of that culture. I assume that readers have the first purpose and wish to acquaint themselves with approaches taken to certain issues in social studies education in a number of countries that represent quite different cultures. The issues to be viewed across the nations are (a) the role of political ideology in the shaping of social studies education, a sine qua non for this aspect of the curriculum; (b) curriculum and content emphasis, the "bread and butter" or heart of any approach to social studies, and (c) the impact of external examinations, that is, those examinations that originate or at least are legitimized outside the examinee's school.


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This article originally appeared in NSSE Yearbook Vol. 80, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 82 Number 6, 1981, p. 82-101
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19167, Date Accessed: 12/15/2017 2:58:19 PM

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  • Susanne Shafer
    Arizona State University
    SUSANNE M. SHAFER is a professor of social foundations of education, comparative education, bilingual education, and the education of women and girls at Arizona State University.
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