Document Type

Student Research Paper


Spring 2018

Academic Department


Faculty Advisor(s)

Dr. Kyle C. Kopko


This paper begins with an overview of the evolution of social studies education overtime, from moral education to civic education. It then analyzes the compatibility of the current form of social studies education with the national standards for education. The literature introduced in this paper looks at the social studies curriculum from three selected states, California, Texas and Pennsylvania. Furthermore, Dr. Jonathan Haidt’s Moral Foundations Theory, which contends that all humans use five foundations when engaging in moral decision-making, will be used as a framework to analyze the selected states’ curricula. The purpose of this research study then, is to determine whether or not these three states emphasize specific moral foundations in their social studies curricula and standards utilizing Haidt’s framework.


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