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Ellis, Justine Esta; Marcus, Benjamin Pietro – Social Education, 2019
What does religious studies education aim to teach? For years, this question has confounded educators and policymakers within the United States. To exacerbate matters, a common yet problematic narrative has emerged: content knowledge and skills are at odds with each other. In one camp, the story goes, are those who emphasize the…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Social Studies, Multiple Literacies, Elementary Secondary Education
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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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Han, Jongwoo; Karb, Joseph – Social Education, 2018
Numerous research and scholarly articles have been written on the Korean War. Yet in many K-12 history classrooms, the war and its legacy are still "forgotten" and are only addressed with a paragraph or two in a textbook. The Korean War Legacy and World History Digital Education foundations are changing this situation by honoring…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Asian History, War, Inquiry
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Lewis, Maria M.; Fetter-Harrott, Allison; Sun, Jeffrey C.; Eckes, Suzanne E. – Social Education, 2017
In recent years, LGBT case law and legislation has evolved in ways that significantly impact the everyday experiences of students and employees in the K-12 context. However, uncertainties remain and the fight for full equality continues. Understanding the legal landscape is crucial to being an effective advocate for change. This article examines…
Descriptors: LGBTQ People, Legal Responsibility, Public Schools, Sexual Orientation
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Cruz, Bárbara C.; Bailey, Robert W. – Social Education, 2017
In 2005, the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners in Tampa, Florida, took steps to forbid government support for gay pride events. The issue came under scrutiny when a public library created a gay-themed informational display. When the commissioners learned of the display, they voted overwhelmingly (5 to 1) in favor of a policy prohibiting…
Descriptors: LGBTQ People, Social Studies, Curriculum, Social Bias
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King, LaGarrett J. – Social Education, 2017
This article provides a contemporary look at Black history and discusses Black history mandates. The author provides insight into the purpose of this special issue. The article discusses how this special issue on teaching Black history serves several purposes: (1) providing lesson plans and recommended resources for teachers; (2) combining theory…
Descriptors: African American History, United States History, Lesson Plans, Educational Resources
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Social Education, 2016
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) reaffirms that an excellent education in social studies is essential to civic competence and the maintenance and enhancement of a free and democratic society. Thus, NCSS advocates that students should be provided with a social studies experience at all grade levels PK-12. In grades PK-5, every…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Learning Processes, Social Studies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Griffin, Susan – Social Education, 2016
Alarmed by the possibility of social studies being overlooked in this context of new national disciplinary standards, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools convened a meeting of 15 national organizations representing civics, economics, geography, and history, to begin a conversation about…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Social Studies, National Organizations, Common Core State Standards
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Sperry, Chris; Baker, Frank W. – Social Education, 2016
Media literacy expands the traditional concept of literacy to include the forms of communication that dominate the lives of our students. If our students are to be literate, we must teach them the skills and habits of literacy for print and non-print mediated messages. This National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) position statement…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Social Studies, National Organizations, Printed Materials
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Heafner, Tina L.; Massey, Dixie D. – Social Education, 2016
The authors have worked with teachers across the country as they have exposed social studies students to primary source texts only to find consistent challenges with: (1) Academic language gaps (lack of content knowledge to contextualize or interpret texts); (2) Comprehension gaps (inability to accurately derive meaning from text); (3) Inaccurate…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Primary Sources, Literacy Education
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Hauf, James – Social Education, 2016
This guided inquiry combines a structured approach to collecting and organizing data with substantial student autonomy in the important cognitive tasks of analyzing and drawing conclusions from the data. While the teacher decides on the compelling question, students are responsible for generating supporting questions. The detailed emphasis on…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Inquiry, International Trade, Questioning Techniques
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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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Lundy, Sarah – Social Education, 2015
A thoughtfully designed digital text can provide classroom teachers with a powerful resource for addressing an enduring challenge of the K-12 classroom: how to simultaneously provide individualized and student-centered learning experiences for large class sizes and highly diverse student needs. The author describes how she relied on digital texts…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Elementary Secondary Education, World History, Teaching Methods
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Swan, Kathy; Lee, John; Grant, S. G. – Social Education, 2015
The Uncle Tom's Cabin inquiry illustrates the Inquiry Design Model structure as students examine Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel to explore how words can affect public opinion.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Novels, Public Opinion, United States History
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Social Education, 2015
Within the United States, education has long been valued as a means of fostering the growth and development of each person in order to realize the democratic ideals of freedom, equality, non-discrimination, and respect for the rights of all. In an increasingly globalized world and within the United States itself, this growth and development must…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Social Studies, Citizenship Education, Elementary Secondary Education
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