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Niederjohn, M. Scott; Holder, Kim – Social Education, 2019
Can teachers promote true economic understanding among students by adding a dose of psychology? Fans of behavioral economics, with its unique blend of psychology and economics, think so. Blending a bit of behavioral economics into social studies lessons provides answers to the ever-present questions that permeate every classroom,"What does…
Descriptors: Consumer Economics, Economics Education, Social Studies, Bias
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Hammond, Thomas C.; Oltman, Julia; Salter, Shannon – Social Education, 2019
The social studies curriculum travels through time and space and is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. To an outsider, the social studies curriculum is a single line on a program of studies, 45 minutes of a student's school day. Those on the inside, however, know that the field covers history, geography, civics, economics, and much…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Time, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods
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Muetterties, Carly; Swan, Kathy – Social Education, 2019
Change comes when individuals transform themselves first and then move outward into the world. The C3 Framework lays out a vision for civic action within Dimension 4 of the Inquiry Arc in a section titled "Taking Informed Action." The Framework emphasizes that "It is important to note that taking informed action … should be grounded…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Activism, Social Action, Civics
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Kawashima-Ginsberg, Kei; Kiesa, Abby – Social Education, 2019
Young people must systematically learn to become voters, and this is especially the case for those who grow up with little to no access to structured civic opportunities like extracurricular activities and community organizing. With those principles in mind, and based on 2018 research and experience with practitioners and partners, the authors…
Descriptors: Voting, Civics, Extracurricular Activities, Community Action
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Swan, Kathy; Lee, John; Grant, S. G. – Social Education, 2019
This article discusses a new set of inquiries based on the C3 Framework that provides questions, tasks, and sources to launch classroom examinations of the Korean War and its many aftershocks. Compelling and supporting questions, formative and summative performance tasks, and disciplinary sources provide teachers and their students with the…
Descriptors: War, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
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Barton, Keith C. – Social Education, 2019
In this article, Keith Barton shares his recent research on students' understanding of human rights. His work suggests the need for teachers to understand the significance of students' social context when teaching about human rights. His findings also indicate that students focus almost exclusively on personal as opposed to institutional actions…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Teaching Methods, Social Environment, Civics
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Gallagher, Jennifer L.; Swalwell, Katy M.; Bellows, M. Elizabeth – Social Education, 2019
Millions of teachers regularly turn to Internet sharing sites such as Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers for curriculum resources and ideas. While this innovative technology poses a number of advantages for teachers who are almost never given an appropriate amount of time to engage in curriculum planning, and who can supplement their…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Social Studies, Web Sites, Critical Literacy
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Krizan, Patricia – Social Education, 2019
Social studies teachers often have a love-hate relationship with inquiry. The possibilities of a dynamic and engaging approach to learning labor against time constraints imposed by a content-heavy curriculum. In that scenario, how can professional development (PD) on inquiry inform educators and encourage skeptical teachers to implement this…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Faculty Development, Inquiry, Instructional Design
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Crowley, Ryan M.; King, LaGarrett J. – Social Education, 2018
Critical theory is one of the predominant schools of thought in the social sciences. Like all theory, it is a framework used for explaining--and examining--something about the world. Critical theory pays special attention to the social world, focusing on the hierarchical nature of social relations and examining how these unequal power…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Interpersonal Relationship
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Ferrarini, Tawni; Gwartney, James – Social Education, 2018
Many U.S. politicians have criticized the trade relations between the United States and countries like Canada, Mexico, and China. They argue that more is imported into the United States from these countries than is exported to these countries from the United States. Political action is needed, they claim. This article is designed to help educators…
Descriptors: Barriers, International Trade, International Relations, Public Officials
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Sperry, Sox – Social Education, 2018
Reflecting on the mediascape since the 2016 elections, it's tempting to think that "fake news" is strictly a twenty-first century phenomenon--designed by webmasters as clickbait for shadowy networks seeking power and profit. This article will explore some ways in which teachers can use the analytical tools of news literacy to unearth the…
Descriptors: News Reporting, Credibility, Media Literacy, Deception
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Journell, Wayne; Friedman, Adam M.; Thacker, Emma S.; Fitchett, Paul G. – Social Education, 2018
The notion of teaching social studies through inquiry is far from a new development. With the publication of the "College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework: Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History," however, there is arguably a greater emphasis on inquiry in K-12 social studies education…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Elementary Secondary Education
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Hodgin, Erica; Kahne, Joe – Social Education, 2018
The changes in the online information landscape, the divisive nature of political life, and the growing distrust in democratic institutions have all contributed to the increasing circulation of misinformation. These dynamics have made assessing the credibility of information challenging for youth and adults alike. While we have much to learn,…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Teacher Student Relationship, Credibility, News Reporting
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Nader, Ralph – Social Education, 2018
Civic skills need to be practiced to keep the democracy strong, and civic training materials should be exciting and linked to real-world activities. Today, teaching government and social studies can be, must be, about students' real lives. A unit of study on "Tracking Congress" would offer an opportunity to connect civics and government…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Legislators, Democracy, Legislation
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Ruffing, Cathy; Arbetman, Lee – Social Education, 2018
Students feel strongly about the controversial topics elevated by recent and historic Supreme Court cases. Supreme Court cases provide materials for teaching about contested public issues in relevant and meaningful ways that help students develop critical decision-making skills, gain civic content knowledge, improve communication skills, and…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Social Studies, Laws
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