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Appears in Collections:Faculty of Social Sciences Journal Articles
Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Social Studies in Scotland’s school curriculum: a case for a more integrated approach
Author(s): Priestley, Mark
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Keywords: curriculum
social studies
geography education
history education
modern studies education
Curriculum planning Scotland
Curriculum-based assessment
Educational change
Issue Date: 2009
Date Deposited: 28-Apr-2010
Citation: Priestley M (2009) Social Studies in Scotland’s school curriculum: a case for a more integrated approach. Education In The North, (17).
Abstract: The fragmented approach to teaching geography, history and modern studies currently employed in Scottish secondary schools prevents links being made between these disciplines and limits quality learning time. Through exploration of the concept of curriculum integration and examination of its history in secondary school education in the United Kingdom, this article argues that there are no compelling reasons for subject separation. Indeed, the vitality of constituent subjects of social studies both in secondary school and higher education can be regarded as indicative of the success of an integrated approach. The article concludes with suggestions for progress in this area.
Rights: The publisher has granted permission for use of this article in this Repository. The article was first published in Education In The North by the School of Education, University of Aberdeen.

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