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Healy, Shawn P. – Social Education, 2016
Teachers in the trenches have led the charge to bring civics back in Illinois. Teachers played a leading role in the creation of a state civic education task force, were active participants on it, and ultimately worked with their students to advocate for action on its recommendations. Teachers are at the center of efforts in Illinois to implement…
Descriptors: Civics, College Readiness, Career Readiness, Social Studies
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Hess, Diana E.; McAvoy, Paula – Social Education, 2014
Five years ago, Diana Hess was teaching a graduate seminar called "Democratic Education." The purpose of the seminar was to critically analyze two seemingly simple, but actually very complex, questions: What is democracy? What is democratic education? Both are contested concepts, and the seminar was designed to help students understand…
Descriptors: Simulation, Legislation, Political Affiliation, Political Attitudes
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Ochoa-Becker, Anna – Social Education, 2010
While there may be no definitive answers for navigating questions of school authority and teacher independence, the author outlines in this article some useful guideposts. These guideposts are not prescriptive; rather, they are important food for thought. They do not guarantee easy solutions. However, social studies teachers are preparing young…
Descriptors: Democracy, Democratic Values, Social Studies, Teacher Educators
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Hess, Diana – Social Education, 2007
The ubiquity of documentary films in social studies courses, along with their potential to influence what students learn, clearly show that documentary films matter in social studies education. While the high rate of documentary film usage by social studies teachers indicates that they are amenable to bringing new films into their classrooms, they…
Descriptors: Navajo (Nation), Documentaries, Climate, Instructional Films