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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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Swan, Kathy; Lee, John; Grant, S. G. – Social Education, 2019
This article discusses a new set of inquiries based on the C3 Framework that provides questions, tasks, and sources to launch classroom examinations of the Korean War and its many aftershocks. Compelling and supporting questions, formative and summative performance tasks, and disciplinary sources provide teachers and their students with the…
Descriptors: War, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
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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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Halvorsen, Anne-Lise; Duke, Nell K.; Strachan, Stephanie L. – Social Education, 2019
The primary-grade years offer a critical opportunity to engage children in understanding and navigating their social world; in discovering the historical events, people, and movements that have shaped contemporary life; in finding--both literally and figuratively--their place in the world; and in understanding how people live together, resolve…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
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Olbrys, Stefanie – Social Education, 2019
When the author encountered the C3 Framework, she saw an opportunity to develop a different approach that she hoped would encourage all her students to reach their highest potential. The approach she created--The Deliberative Classroom--has pushed her as much as it has pushed her students. The benefits have been powerful: better academic…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Inquiry, Questioning Techniques, Critical Thinking
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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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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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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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Ferrarini, Tawni; Gwartney, James – Social Education, 2018
Many U.S. politicians have criticized the trade relations between the United States and countries like Canada, Mexico, and China. They argue that more is imported into the United States from these countries than is exported to these countries from the United States. Political action is needed, they claim. This article is designed to help educators…
Descriptors: Barriers, International Trade, International Relations, Public Officials
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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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Miller, Andrew – Social Education, 2018
Project-based learning (PBL) is a powerful way to make learning meaningful to students and to promote student questions and ownership of the inquiry process. It is a useful way to design and deliver curriculum that is similar in many ways to the Inquiry Design Model (IDM). Although PBL and IDM both value inquiry and student questioning, PBL…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, Inquiry, Questioning Techniques
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Larmer, John – Social Education, 2018
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is increasingly popular in K-12 schools, not just in the United States but around the world. PBL is a great way to engage students in their learning. In this article, the author presents what PBL is and is not.
Descriptors: Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Active Learning, Social Studies
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Manfra, Meghan McGlinn; Holmes, Casey – Social Education, 2018
Recent publications have highlighted a growing concern among American educators, parents, and policymakers about the increasingly ubiquitous role of computer technology in the lives of children and teenagers. These authors warn that young people are becoming "technology addicts" as they spend upwards of 10 or 11 hours a day in front of a…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Social Studies, News Reporting, Educational Technology
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