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Scholarship and Media Articles about MACOS
January 30th, 2009 by admin

Below you can find links and citations to research about (Hu)mans: A Course of Study.

If you have a link or a piece you’d like to submit, either post it to our blog or just drop us an email! Please write to webmaster@macos.org with items of interest.


Theoretical Foundations

Bruner, Jerome

1965 Man: A Course of Study (Occasional Paper No. Three)

1966 The Growth of Mind (Occasional Paper No. Eight)

1966 Towards a Theory of Instruction. Harvard University Press.

Ethos: Journal of the Society for Psychological Anthropology presents a special issue devoted to Jerome Bruner – Vol. 36 Issue 1 (March 2008)


Controversy Over MACOS


Conlan, John B.; Dow, Peter B.

1975 “Pro/Con Forum: The MACOS Controversy. The Push for a Uniform National Curriculum [And] MACOS Revisited: A Commentary on the Most Frequently Asked Questions about “Man: A Course of Study”. Social Education, 39, 6, 388-96, Oct 1975

Dow, Peter Burton

1979 Innovation’s Perils: An Account of the Origins, Implementation, and Public Reaction to “Man: ACourse of Study.”I Ph.D. dissertation, Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, Harvard University.

1979 “MACOS: Social Studies in Crisis,” Educational Leadership, Vol 43, No.1, October, 1979.

1991 Schoolhouse Politics: Lessons from the Sputnik Era. Cambridge, MA: Harvard
University Press

1998 “Revisiting MACOS: Problems and Prospects for Teaching Anthropology in the Schools.” Seminar presented at the Department of Anthropology, Syracuse University, 2 December 1998.

Smith, R.A., and J. Knight

1978 “MACOS in Queensland: The Politics of Educational Knowledge.” Australian Journal of Education 22(3):225-48

Woolfson, Peter

1974 “The Fight over MACOS—An Ideological Conflict in Vermont.” [Council on]
Anthropology and Education Quarterly 5(3):27–30.


Criticism and Evaluations of MACOS

Caputo, Edward Mario

Effects of “Man: A Course of Study,” an Experimental Social Science Course, Upon the Achievement, Attitudes, and Anxiety of Impoverished Children in Selected Florida Schools. Florida State University.

Cort, H.R., Naomi H. Henderson, and Cheryl Jones.

1971 Approaches to Further Evaluation of Man: A Course of Study: A Final Report to the National Science Foundation

1977 A Longitudal Study of Man: A Course of Study, Volume II: Quantitative Results

1977 A Longitudal Study of Man: A Course of Study, Volume III: Interviews

Falkenstein, Lynda Carl

1977 Man: A Course of Study— A Case Study of Diffusion in Oregon. Ph.D. dissertation,
School of Education, Stanford University

Ryan, F., and R. Wheeler.

1977 “The Effects of Cooperative and Competitive Background Experience of Students on the Play of a Simulation Game.” Journal of Educational Research 70: 295-299.

Tredwell, Lloyd, and David Zodikoff.

1975 “A Study of the Effects of Jerome Bruner’s Man: A Course of Study on Social Studies Achievement in Fifth Grade.” Paper presented to the Asian American Conference at the University of Massachusetts (December 6, 1974).


Contemporary Visions and Views

Beaudet, François T.

Personal page with extensive MACOS-related links, at the University of Montreal.

Laird, Charles

2004 Through These Eyes. Documentary produced with the National Film Board of Canada.

Lukethaus, Nancy C.

2008 “Putting ‘Culture’ Into Cultural Psychology: Anthropology’s Role in the Development of Bruner’s Cultural Psychology.” Ethos 36(1): 46-59

Ruby, Jay

2005 “Anthropology as a Subversive Art: A Review of Through These Eyes”. American
Anthropologist
107(4):684–693.

Wolcott, Harry F.

2008 “The Middlemen of MACOS.” Anthropology & Education Quarterly 38(2):195-206.

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4 Responses  
  • Lloyd Tredwell writes:
    October 7th, 201022:43at

    Just came across this site and am thrilled to see the idea is still alive. I was one of the first to teach MACOS to fifth graders and am one of the authors of the research evaluations cited above. To this day my finest teaching was done during this time in my life. MACOS reached the unreachable student. True learning took place that I have not seen before or since. The american education system(and this country in general)might not be the mess it is today if MACOS and programs like it were in wide spread use. MACOS developed in students a respect for life at all levels. Students learned to respect themselves and the importance and value of what each student in their class had to offer regardless of their ability. For the teacher, to see how much the students grew;that every student, again regardless of their ability, was able to feel sucessful and learn; truly brought forth the passion and fire that made us want to be teachers in the first place. American education has certainly taken giant steps backward since that time. Just imagine what could be done with this course today with the technology we have at our finger tips.

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    April 20th, 201104:14at

    Normally I do not read article on blogs, but I would like to say that this write-up very forced me to try and do it! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, very nice article.

  • Sandi Harvey writes:
    September 18th, 201216:07at

    I started showing the documentary “Through these Eyes” to my Intro. to Cultural Anthropology students last year after finding it on the internet. It has now become part of my curriculum to show this film every semester. Thank you for allowing us to have access to all of the information on this site. It has been very vital in contributing to my teaching style/methods.

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