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The Role of Social Studies in Elementary Education


by Ralph C. Preston 1957

The role of the social studies in elementary education is to aid the child, from kindergarten or first grade through sixth grade, to understand the concepts that describe and explain human society and to develop the insights and skills required by democratic citizenship. This is a large order. Naturally, the school cannot take sole responsibility for it.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 56, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 58 Number 10, 1957, p. 4-26
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 20003, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 12:52:59 PM

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  • Ralph Preston
    University of Pennsylvania
    RALPH C. PRESTON is a professor of education at the University of Pennsylvania.
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