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Schmeichel, Mardi; Janis, Sonia; McAnulty, Joseph – Social Education, 2016
While democratic nations like the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany have elected women to the preeminent position in their governments, there has never been a woman president in the United States. The upcoming presidential election provides an excellent opportunity to have students consider why the United States has yet to elect a woman…
Descriptors: United States History, Presidents, Women Administrators, Elections
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Webster, Megan L.; Milson, Andrew J. – Social Education, 2011
Numerous educators have noted that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a powerful tool for social studies teaching and learning. Yet the use of GIS has been hampered by issues such as the cost of the software and the management of large spatial data files. One trend that shows great promise for GIS in education is the move to cloud computing.…
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, Maps, Economic Development, Technology Uses in Education
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Conard, Norman – Social Education, 2010
Few had heard of Irena Sendlerowa in 1999. Now, after more than 290 presentations of the student play "Life in a Jar," as well as a website with high traffic, and worldwide media attention, Irena is known to the world. Irena Sendler (as she became known), a social worker, believed in standing up for others. Her father, who was a doctor,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Jews, Ghettos, Death
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Hatch, Barbara – Social Education, 2010
The Arizona Heritage Project began in 2003 when the Salt River Project (SRP) celebrated its centennial. This Arizona utility sponsored five student groups engaged in documenting Arizona history. Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, Arizona--an old cowboy town about 20 miles north of Phoenix--was one of the recipients of a $3,000 grant to…
Descriptors: Local History, Documentation, Military Service, Veterans
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Mitsakos, Charles L.; Ackerman, Ann T. – Social Education, 2009
Schools in the late sixties and early seventies had many options and were engaged in implementing a variety of programs rooted in the social science disciplines with effective pedagogy drawn from social studies educators. With the implementation of the "No Child Left Behind" Act, one can observe the drastic changes made in the way social…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Social Studies, Innovation, Scores
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Milson, Andrew J.; Gilbert, Kathleen M.; Earle, Brian D. – Social Education, 2007
In the United States, people get very little news about Africa, and what news they do get is about war or famine, with little historical information or context. In this article, the authors describe how they developed and implemented a Pan-African Summit simulation project in order to give their approximately 100, 9th-grade students (in five World…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, World Geography, Information Systems, Discovery Learning
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Leahey, Christopher R. – Social Education, 2004
Throughout the 2003 school year, Christopher Leahey's ninth grade global history students followed the media's coverage of the escalating crisis between the United States and Iraq. In early March of that year, as the media's coverage intensified, students brought a multitude of questions and concerns into the classroom. Rather than simply answer…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Class Activities, Criticism, Grade 9
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Kohlmeier, Jada – Social Education, 2004
Students' views on history inspired the author to reflect on her own teaching and to explore historical thinking. She decided to research the impact of a three-step approach to reading primary documents on ninth grade world history students, she was curious as to whether developing and using a consistent series of strategies with various primary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Critical Reading, Grade 9, Teaching Methods