K TO 12 ARALING PANLIPUNAN

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

RAI ZA O. LOPEZ

Ev­ery leaf of the tree be­comes a page of the Book Once the heart is opened and it has learn to read -Stones into Schools The Araling Panlipunan in the K-12 cur­ricu­lum frame­work is the in­te­grated study of the so­cial sciences and hu­man­i­ties to pro­mote civic com­pe­tence… Within the school pro­gram, so­cial stud­ies pro­vides co­or­di­nated, sys­tem­atic study draw­ing upon such dis­ci­plines as an­thro­pol­ogy, ar­chae­ol­ogy, eco­nomics, ge­og­ra­phy, his­tory, law, phi­los­o­phy, po­lit­i­cal sci­ence, psy­chol­ogy, re­li­gion, and so­ci­ol­ogy, as well as ap­pro­pri­ate con­tent from the hu­man­i­ties, math­e­mat­ics, and nat­u­ral sciences. The pri­mary pur­pose of so­cial stud­ies is to help young peo­ple de­velop the abil­ity to make in­formed and rea­soned de­ci­sions for the pub­lic good as cit­i­zens of cul­tur­ally di­verse, demo­cratic so­ci­ety in an in­ter­de­pen­dent world (Project Best).

So­cial stud­ies, as a field of learn­ing, ap­pears to be par­tic­u­larly con­ducive to the development of rea­son­ing-de­riv­ing con­cepts from re­lated events, test­ing in a new set­ting hy­pothe­ses de­rived from an­other set of cir­cum­stances, ex­plor­ing causal re­la­tion­ships, draw­ing con­clu­sions from an ar­ray of data, and so on . Teach­ers at all lev­els listed th­ese and more as in­tended learn­ings. Their test re­flected quite dif­fer­ent pri­or­i­ties. Class­room ac­tiv­ity in­volv­ing lis­ten­ing, read­ing text­book, tak­ing quizzes-in con­trast to a paucity of ac­tiv­i­ties re­quir­ing prob­lem solv­ing, the achieve­ment of group goals, stu­dents’plan­ning and ex­e­cut­ing a project, and the like. The abil­i­ties in­volved ap­pear very sim­i­lar to those de­vel­oped in the lan­guage arts.

— oOo— The au­thor is Teacher III at Con­cep­cion Ele­men­tary School, Ba­color North Dis­trict

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