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Hammond, Thomas C.; Oltman, Julia; Salter, Shannon – Social Education, 2019
The social studies curriculum travels through time and space and is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. To an outsider, the social studies curriculum is a single line on a program of studies, 45 minutes of a student's school day. Those on the inside, however, know that the field covers history, geography, civics, economics, and much…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Time, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods
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Muetterties, Carly; Swan, Kathy – Social Education, 2019
Change comes when individuals transform themselves first and then move outward into the world. The C3 Framework lays out a vision for civic action within Dimension 4 of the Inquiry Arc in a section titled "Taking Informed Action." The Framework emphasizes that "It is important to note that taking informed action … should be grounded…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Activism, Social Action, Civics
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Kawashima-Ginsberg, Kei; Kiesa, Abby – Social Education, 2019
Young people must systematically learn to become voters, and this is especially the case for those who grow up with little to no access to structured civic opportunities like extracurricular activities and community organizing. With those principles in mind, and based on 2018 research and experience with practitioners and partners, the authors…
Descriptors: Voting, Civics, Extracurricular Activities, Community Action
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Barton, Keith C. – Social Education, 2019
In this article, Keith Barton shares his recent research on students' understanding of human rights. His work suggests the need for teachers to understand the significance of students' social context when teaching about human rights. His findings also indicate that students focus almost exclusively on personal as opposed to institutional actions…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Teaching Methods, Social Environment, Civics
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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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Tavares, Laura – Social Education, 2018
A recent report from the Democracy Project found that "confidence in our governing institutions has been weakening over many years, and key pillars of our democracy, including the rule of law and freedom of the press, are under strain." In the recently published book "The People vs. Democracy: Why Our Freedom Is in Danger and How to…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Global Approach, Foreign Countries
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Wesson, Stephen – Social Education, 2018
The examination of the two featured pages of a 1921 House anti-lynching report can facilitate an engaging inquiry into the continued absence of a federal lynching law as well as historical efforts by lawmakers and civic groups to promote justice and change. In the decades between the end of the Civil War and the 1920s, thousands of individuals…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, United States History, African American History, Federal Legislation
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Hodgin, Erica; Kahne, Joe – Social Education, 2018
The changes in the online information landscape, the divisive nature of political life, and the growing distrust in democratic institutions have all contributed to the increasing circulation of misinformation. These dynamics have made assessing the credibility of information challenging for youth and adults alike. While we have much to learn,…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Teacher Student Relationship, Credibility, News Reporting
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Nader, Ralph – Social Education, 2018
Civic skills need to be practiced to keep the democracy strong, and civic training materials should be exciting and linked to real-world activities. Today, teaching government and social studies can be, must be, about students' real lives. A unit of study on "Tracking Congress" would offer an opportunity to connect civics and government…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Legislators, Democracy, Legislation
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Berson, Ilene R.; Berson, Michael J.; Snow, Bert – Social Education, 2017
Game-based learning not only contributes to a learning environment that is interesting and engaging for students but also fosters collaboration while meeting educational goals. Recognizing the potential of digital games to promote primary-source use for discovery and problem-solving, the Library of Congress established funding to advance the…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Computer Software, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Games
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Minigan, Andrew P.; Westbrook, Sarah; Rothstein, Dan; Santana, Luz – Social Education, 2017
In 2011, Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana of the Right Question Institute first wrote about the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a simple yet rigorous stepwise process to teach all students how to ask better questions, in their book "Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions". Through the QFT, students learn how…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Books, Thinking Skills, Creative Thinking
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Hauver, Jennifer – Social Education, 2017
Formal civic education that seeks to develop young people's appreciation and competence for active participation in their communities is critically important, and we should continue to advocate for its inclusion. Learning to live together--in community with diverse others--has always required far more than formal civic education curriculum has…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizen Participation, Civics, Informal Education
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Stacy, Michelle – Social Education, 2017
In the summer of 1891, an instructor at the Springfield, Massachusetts, Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Training College named James Naismith created a new game for boys to play indoors. Naismith attached two peach baskets to both ends of the gym. After devising some rules, Naismith invited some of his students to play the first game of…
Descriptors: Athletics, Citizenship Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Physical Education
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Parker, Walter C.; Lo, Jane C. – Social Education, 2016
The past 15 years have seen a wealth of civic education initiatives. States have passed supportive laws, a blue-ribbon commission has identified best practices, and new programs are blossoming. Some emphasize knowing, and others emphasize doing; some are geared to academic learning about government and politics, while others emphasize…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Citizen Participation, Instructional Design
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