Journal of Basic Education


2001.第10卷第2期/第11卷第1期(Vol. 10 No. 2/Vol. 11 No. 1).pp. 33–46


Implementation of Social Studies in Rural Primary Schools in the Poor Northwest Regions of China — A Case Study

徐冰鷗、王嘉毅(Bing'ou XU & Jiayi WANG)




Teaching Social Studies in primary and secondary schools is one of the important measures in the current basic education curriculum reform in China. Employing the methods of in-depth interview, classroom observation, teaching portfolio analysis and questionnaire survey, this research has made a thorough study on the actual situation and teaching effect of this subject in rural primary and secondary schools of the poor northwest regions of China. The research results showed that the schools and local educational administrative authority did not pay enough attention to this subject, schools were short of professional teachers in Social Studies, teaching methods were unitary, and the teaching effect was not satisfactory. It is suggested that in order to reinforce the implementation of Social Studies, it really needs to change the existing idea and mental model towards this subject, train professional teachers, improve teaching methods, and develop diversified textbooks and teaching materials.