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Social Education, 2019
Discussions about immigration and refugee resettlement can be challenging to navigate. America's immigration system is highly complex, and confusion about who is allowed to enter the United States, and how, can lead to the spread of misinformation. It is also a highly salient topic that students are likely to encounter frequently in their daily…
Descriptors: Refugees, Land Settlement, Immigrants, Misconceptions
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Shanahan, Suzanne; Tobin, William – Social Education, 2019
High school can be stressful for any student. For resettled refugee youth, there are often the additional demands of a new language and customs, the challenge of fitting into a new community and culture, and the need to support their family emotionally, logistically, and even financially. Many of the newcomer youth arrived in Durham, North…
Descriptors: High School Students, Refugees, Acculturation, At Risk Students
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Davis, Sara Lyons – Social Education, 2019
The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920, a year after being passed by Congress. It extended the right to vote to many women, but not all. Excluded from this landmark constitutional victory were women like Mabel Ping-Hua Lee, who was born in Guangzhou (then Canton), China, in 1896, but who immigrated to New York as a child. From 1882 to…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Chinese Americans, United States History, Voting
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Fraker, Jennifer; Muetterties, Carly; Swan, Gerry; Swan, Kathy – Social Education, 2019
In this article, the authors tackle the tension between a fact-based civics test and inquiry-based teaching and learning. The authors begin with a short history on the civics test and the new standards in Kentucky before turning their attention to one approach to the civics test using an Inquiry Design Model (IDM) inquiry--"Does the civics…
Descriptors: Civics, Active Learning, Inquiry, Social Studies
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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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Swan, Kathy; Lee, John; Grant, S.G. – Social Education, 2018
The number one question educators ask about inquiry is how many time a year should it be done. One of the inescapable challenges to inquiry is its lack of efficiency in "covering" content. Inquiry necessarily takes longer than direct instruction and this can be problematic for teachers struggling to find time to cover the breadth of…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Social Studies, Curriculum
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Friesem, Elizaveta – Social Education, 2018
The term "biases" often comes up in classroom discussions about fake news. Teachers warn students that some sources of information are less trustworthy than others because their creators are biased, prejudiced, subjective, guided by unreasoned opinions. The country's political polarization is on the rise, and the term "biases"…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, News Reporting, Deception, Democracy
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Thomas, Ebony Elizabeth; Coleman, James Joshua; Cicchino, Lindsay R. – Social Education, 2018
Metanarratives--stories that are told and retold over time, so that they become the story--have proven instrumental in cultivating conceptions of the Founders as invariably honest, brave, and ethical. A prime example is the tale of George Washington confessing that he chopped down the cherry tree. While this narrative crafted an image of…
Descriptors: Slavery, Public Opinion, Presidents, Misconceptions
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Apfeldorf, Michael – Social Education, 2018
Big data analysis involves the examination of large sets of data in order to uncover patterns and trends. Within the social studies or history classroom, such analyses can be effective for gaining insights into historical trends over time or across geographical regions. For instance, using simple technology tools, students can perform word…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Data Analysis, Social Studies, Geographic Regions
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Libresco, Andrea S. – Social Education, 2018
The annual "National Council for the Social Studies" (NCSS) Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People list often contains picture books that profile citizen role models--people who worked to change society for the better. In 2018 the list includes beautiful, thoughtful biographies of people who chose "doing good" over…
Descriptors: Books, Activism, Childrens Literature, Social Studies
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Segall, Avner; Crocco, Margaret S.; Halvorsen, Anne-Lise; Jacobsen, Rebecca – Social Education, 2018
Classroom discussions and deliberations on public issues stand at the core of civic education. Recent research has made a strong case for the potency of these approaches in teaching social studies. Students benefit by learning about argumentation and evidence use, examining their own thinking about an issue, listening to others, and developing…
Descriptors: Discussion (Teaching Technique), Teaching Methods, Persuasive Discourse, High School Students
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Zarr, Christopher – Social Education, 2018
Just a few months after the Supreme Court decided in "Brown v. Board of Education" that segregation in public schools was "inherently unequal" and unconstitutional, a principal from a New York City suburb invited students from several southern schools to see an integrated school in action. Principal Willis Thomson of New…
Descriptors: School Segregation, School Desegregation, Desegregation Litigation, Suburban Schools
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Seitz, R. Zachary; Krutka, Daniel G.; Chandler, Prentice T. – Social Education, 2018
The 2016 presidential election was the first since the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in which full voting protections were not in place for historically marginalized voters. This shift was largely due to a 5-4 decision in "Shelby v. Holder" (2013) in which the Supreme Court ruled that states with a history of voter discrimination…
Descriptors: Voting, State Legislation, Democracy, Disadvantaged
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Dabach, Dafney Blanca; Merchant, Natasha Hakimali; Fones, Aliza K. – Social Education, 2018
As the U.S. and other nations grapple with the boundaries of inclusion at a time of increasing political polarization, teachers face quandaries about how to address immigration in classrooms. Although some educators may avoid immigration as a discussion topic, others enthusiastically choose it precisely because of its relevance. Further…
Descriptors: Immigration, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Social Studies, Civics
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Kawashima-Ginsberg, Kei; Junco, Rey – Social Education, 2018
Although civic education has experienced a significant revitalization during the past two decades, America's high schools are not adequately preparing young people for self-governance and civic participation. While an estimated 90 percent of American high school students take a Civics or American Government course, a majority of graduates are…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Civics, Citizenship Education, Social Change
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