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|Other Titles:||Analysis of the Core Contents for Civic Education in Social Studies for Grade 1-9 Curriculum|
Department of Civil Education and Leadership, NTNU
To implement educational reform, the Taiwan Ministry of Education launched the Grade 1-9 Curriculum in 2001, in which the three courses of geography, history and civic education are integrated into the area of Social Studies and Teaching Content guidelines are replaced with Competence Indicators. However, in the few years after implementation of the Grade 1-9 Curriculum policy, disputes emerged and led to various difficulties surrounding teaching, particularly disagreement derived from diverging interpretations of the Competence Indicators. To resolve the problem, the Ministry of Education prescribed Core contents to establish the common ground for teaching and to facilitate the goal of "Single guideline - Multiple Textbooks". The Core Contents for civic education in social studies offer the following advantages: completing the Curriculum guidelines, adapting a step-by-step curriculum model beneficial to students' learning, providing the knowledge and skills pertinent to life in modern society, highlighting the Taiwan subjectivity and possessing suitability to issue-centered teaching. However, the Core contents also bring about some disadvantages, such as the lack of a solid philosophical grounding, being ideologically laden, inappropriately distributing contents across volumes, lack of consistent logic, and an incomplete interpretation of Competence Indicators. This article aims to present some suggestions to resolve the above-mentioned problems and then to improve the teaching of social studies in junior high school.
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