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Legitimacy in the Social Studies Curriculum

by Stephen J. Thornton - 2001

This analysis deals with four conceptions of the social studies. Although they overlap in significant respects, each type is characterized by a distinctive curricular form and implies somewhat different methods and materials of instruction. Moreover, each type features different educational goals, as we shall see. Figure 1 can also represent the legitimacy assigned to the four conceptions. Generally, content has beaten out process; however, the consequences of alignment with an academic subject are less straightforward.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 100, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 7, 2001, p. 185-204
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18679, Date Accessed: 1/20/2021 2:09:48 PM

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  • Stephen Thornton
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    STEPHEN J. THORNTON is Associate Professor of Social Studies and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.
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