The Goals of Social Studies, History, and Geography Education
A basic goal of the social studies, history, and geography program is to provide students with the foundational knowledge, skills, and attitudes they will need to continue to learn effectively in secondary school. Thus, the goals of the curriculum are to enable students to:
- understand the basic concepts of social studies, history, and geography;
- develop the skills, strategies, and habits of mind required for effective inquiry and communication, and for the application of the basic concepts of social studies, history, and geography to a variety of learning tasks;
- relate and apply the knowledge acquired through social studies and the study of history and geography to the world outside the classroom.
These goals are equally important. They can be achieved simultaneously in a concrete, practical context through learning activities that combine the acquisition of knowledge with the application of various skills, including inquiry/research, communication, and map, globe, and graphic representation skills.