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Studies on Idealism in American Life. Program in American History and Civilization [microform]
Bib ID 5222829
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Author
Tufts Univ., Medford, MA. Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1969 
81 p. 
Summary

This narrative unit on idealism was developed as an illustration of minority group efforts to reform the social structure of American democracy, the implications being that American life was in many respects lacking. The general teaching objectives are: 1) to stimulate student consideration of what would be their ideal society; 2) to foster a feeling that human institutions can be improved and effectively changed; 3) to value individual and group efforts to improve society; 4) to appreciate a goal which holds out for something better than a life based on material things; and, 5) to understand why people drop out of society and what problems they face. The narratives are divided into two sections: the first briefly describes conditions as they existed before a response was made to the condition; the second section deals with the form which the response took. Except for a narrative on peace, all the others have historical roots in the nineteenth century and include selections on utopian socialism, penal reform, and abolitionism. The methods shown in these narrative studies should invite comparison with present idealisms, which, for the most part, are a continuation of earlier ones. The readability range in all five narratives runs from a reading grade level of seven plus to eleven plus. Discussion questions to encourage inquiry, a vocabulary list, and a test are included. (Author/SBE)

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Educational level discussed: Secondary Education.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects American Culture.  |  Concept Teaching.  |  Discussion (Teaching Technique)  |  Inquiry.  |  Philosophy.  |  Secondary Education.  |  Slavery.  |  Social Change.  |  Social Studies.  |  Social Systems.  |  Social Values.  |  Socialism.  |  United States History.  |  Units of Study.  |  Values Education.  |  Idealism  |  Abolitionism Penal Reform
Other authors/contributors Tufts Univ., Medford, MA. Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs
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