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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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Newland, Rebecca – Social Education, 2014
The story of Abraham Lincoln's reaction to meeting Harriet Beecher Stowe is well known. Supposedly, the president greeted the formidable author with, "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war!" Although the two did meet in November 1862, there is no evidence that Lincoln said anything of the kind.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Primary Sources, Historical Interpretation, Thinking Skills
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Meek, Sally; Ashmead, Amanda – Social Education, 2013
The first step in teaching-to-understand economics is not teaching "the rules," but working with fundamental economic models from the outset. Many of the concepts in economics are illustrated through models. Students must: (1) be able to draw these models; (2) understand the assumptions of the models; and (3) use the models for analysis.…
Descriptors: Economics Education, Advanced Placement Programs, Concept Teaching, Models
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Hill, Andrew T.; Wood, William C. – Social Education, 2011
The recent financial crisis brought about dramatic changes in the way that the Federal Reserve, the nation's central bank, conducts monetary policy. One challenge for high school educators going forward will be to strike a balance between the teaching of traditional monetary policy and the teaching of the monetary policy used during these…
Descriptors: Economics Education, Banking, Financial Policy, Financial Problems
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Manfra, Meghan McGlinn; Coven, Robert M. – Social Education, 2011
Digital history refers to "the study of the past using a variety of electronically reproduced primary source texts, images, and artifacts as well as the constructed narratives, accounts, or presentations that result from digital historical inquiry." Access to digitized primary sources can promote active instruction in historical thinking. A…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Primary Sources, Foreign Countries, History Instruction
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Percoco, James A. – Social Education, 2011
"Americans," historian Richard White often reminds his audiences, "prefer celebrating to remembering history." The landscape of the United States is populated with local, state, and national sites, house museums, working farms and other places of collective past that are deemed of historic significance. Many of these sites do…
Descriptors: Emotional Intelligence, Historic Sites, War, United States History
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Fehn, Bruce; Johnson, Melanie; Smith, Tyson – Social Education, 2010
Elementary and secondary school history students demonstrate a great deal of enthusiasm for making documentary films. With free and easy-to-use software, as well as vast online, archival resources containing images and sounds, students can sit at a computer and make serious and engaging documentary productions. With students affectively engaged by…
Descriptors: Documentaries, Educational Technology, History Instruction, Production Techniques
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Risinger, C. Frederick – Social Education, 2007
Although there are many differences among the nations and cultures of the world, there are also many attributes, beliefs, and aspirations that are common to the world's peoples. Teachers can help their students gain perspective by using the Internet to implement a program for "pen pals"--or paired classrooms and partner schools. The…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Internet, Electronic Mail, Cultural Pluralism
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Nelson, Murry R. – Social Education, 1985
The historical consensus seems to be that there is no one best method for teaching social studies. Rather the best is any variety of methods that a teacher finds comfortable. The literature of the history of social studies holds many useful ideas for today's teachers. (RM)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational History, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Kelly, Joan P. – Social Education, 1997
Presents a first person account of a student teacher's experience teaching within a juvenile justice program. The program, an alternative to juvenile detention centers, concentrates on rehabilitating and educating minors convicted of crimes and incorporates academic learning, counseling, and vocational training. Characterizes the experience as…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Delinquency, Educational Strategies, High Risk Students
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Kirman, Joseph M. – Social Education, 1995
Asserts that the value of using pictures and photographs as teaching aids is firmly established. Suggests rephotographing old photographs to produce customized study prints and develop miniunits based on them. Includes a sample unit outline with teaching procedures and three illustrative photographs. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction
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Mahood, Wayne – Social Education, 1995
Maintains that teaching about the Civil War can be enhanced by using a wide variety of printed and audiovisual resources. Provides an annotated list of interpretive accounts, secondary sources, and participant accounts of the war. Concludes that student interest can be generated by using such personalized accounts of the period. (CFR)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Audiovisual Aids, Civil War (United States), Diaries
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Hootstein, Edward W. – Social Education, 1995
Contends that student motivation is a major issue for all teachers but is of particular concern for middle school social studies teachers. Reports on an interview with 18 middle school teachers and 60 middle school students on the effectiveness of strategies designed to increase motivation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Elementary Education
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Morganett, Lee – Social Education, 1995
Contends that social studies teachers are just as likely to experience student motivational problems as teachers of other subjects. Discusses issues related to student motivation and asserts that the teacher-student relationship is a critical variable. Presents and discusses 10 recommendations and classroom activities. (CFR)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction
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O'Day, Kim – Social Education, 1994
Maintains that using both formal and informal writing assignments is an effective method for learning social studies content. Discusses positive outcomes of writing such as acquiring tools for independent learning, identifying bias, and enhancing thinking skills. Provides suggestions for writing assignments and evaluation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Educational Objectives, Educational Strategies, Interdisciplinary Approach
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