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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1993
Questions whether current social studies curriculum units and learning activities contribute to the goals of citizenship education. Contends that student attitudes about citizenship are seldom affected by typical social studies instruction. Asserts that teachers must understand and accept larger educational goals and develop classroom activities…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary Education
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Reiterates the appropriateness and validity of using student journals in social studies instruction. Differentiates between personal and content area journals, the latter focusing on responses to issues raised in the classroom and readings. Maintains that journal writing increases critical and metacognitive thinking. (MJP)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Expounds on two headline articles from the "Edmonton Journal" (Canada) that prompted the columnist to reflect on the history of the textbook in social studies. The two articles refer to politically motivated editing of history texts in Hong Kong and Japan. Urges history teachers to teach history "the way it happened." (DSK)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Content Analysis, Current Events
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Critiques a survey of Canadian citizens' civics knowledge for its "Trivial Pursuit" style of questions and the conclusions drawn from the results by the survey sponsors. Argues that a responsible democratic citizenry must display higher cognitive skills than factual recall and that these skills are not measured by the survey. (DSK)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Criticizes the use of map coloring as an activity for teaching geography. Acknowledges that many teachers use it because it was how they were taught. Argues that children are inherently interested in geography and can be taught geographic skills in elementary school if the materials are presented well prepared. (DSK)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Geography, Geography Instruction
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Examines the topic of character education, with specific references to the Fall 1996 National Council on the Social Studies (NCSS) Position Statement on Character Education. The NCSS emphasized the connection between character education and citizenship education and recommended that both be integrated into curriculum and instruction. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Educational Development, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Advocates a broader and more flexible conceptualization of the Canadian social studies curriculum, emphasizing thematic and interdisciplinary approaches rather than chronology and topics. Praises the reflective inquiry teaching model that adopts a learner-centered approach. Compares social studies to other curricula in an attempt to discover a new…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Curriculum Evaluation
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Asserts that, in the social studies classroom, students' participation in language activities in which form, function, and audience are varied is a crucial dimension of their becoming effective citizens. Includes a table listing linguist Michael Halliday's seven purposes of language accompanied by classroom examples of each. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Class Activities, Communication (Thought Transfer), Elementary Secondary Education
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Questions the use and adaptation of computers in the classroom as a panacea for all educational ills. Specifically notes that much of the nature and content of social studies instruction requires class interaction rather than computer instruction. Praises computers as instructional supplements rather than substitutes. (MJP)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Computer Attitudes, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Environment
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Advocates adapting the structural and pedagogical principles of whole language learning to social studies instruction. Specifically recommends focusing on the meaning of citizenship instead of its component parts, allowing students to make choices, and connecting citizenship education to developmental growth. Briefly discusses approaches to avoid.…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics, Elementary Secondary Education
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Recommends using "Readers' Theater" as an interdisciplinary approach to social studies. Maintains that the format lends itself to the examination of social issues and current events while it provides opportunities for a variety of learning styles. Briefly discusses Jan Truss' book, "A Very Small Rebellion." (MJP)
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Curriculum Enrichment, Drama, Elementary Secondary Education
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Identifies "dummy runs" as those educational approaches and exercises that are unrelated to any real-life experience or goal. For example, writing a model business letter to a fictitious business. Maintains that social studies educators should avoid this approach and emphasize "real world" relevance and citizenship education.…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1993
Discusses constructivist theory and its role in educational reform. Defines the theory as a focus on active rather than passive learning. Relates constructivism to the reflective inquiry approach to social studies. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Psychology, Discovery Learning, Elementary Secondary Education
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1994
Examines recent developments related to the teaching of values in public schools. Maintains that the character education movement supports direct teaching of a set of core values designed to foster civic virtue. Discusses the "six pillars of character" being promoted in the United States by the Character Education Partnership. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Democratic Values, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1993
Questions how the goal of participatory citizenship can be taught within the typical classroom environment. Argues that the hidden curriculum, textbooks, and instructional methods do not provide opportunities to see citizenship in action or ways to practice it. Recommends providing students with choices and opportunities for engagement in some…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Classroom Environment, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives
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