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Vilotti, Kimberly; Berson, Ilene – Social Education, 2019
As young children engage in their play and daily activities, they show a natural interest in the world around them. Early childhood educators may capitalize on these interests and carefully plan a variety of experiences with social studies in mind, cultivating and extending young children's diverse skills and abilities to form and voice opinions,…
Descriptors: Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Social Studies, Skill Development
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Fey, Ingrid E. – Social Education, 2019
High school ethnic studies courses that address the perspectives and experiences of people of color are increasingly in demand. The author describes the thematic, inquiry-based approach she developed that reflects her school's diversity.
Descriptors: High School Students, High School Teachers, Ethnic Diversity, Minority Groups
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Metro, Rosalie – Social Education, 2019
A textbook author reflects on the ethical and ideological choices she made in her quest to create a history book that would be relevant to demographically diverse high school students.
Descriptors: Authors, Textbook Preparation, Ideology, Ethics
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Cruz, Bárbara C.; Ellerbrock, Cheryl R.; Denney, Sarah Mead – Social Education, 2019
An arts-based approach to secondary social studies can promote active learning, develop critical thinking skills, and advance the study of social institutions.
Descriptors: Social Studies, Active Learning, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Krizan, Patricia – Social Education, 2019
Social studies teachers often have a love-hate relationship with inquiry. The possibilities of a dynamic and engaging approach to learning labor against time constraints imposed by a content-heavy curriculum. In that scenario, how can professional development (PD) on inquiry inform educators and encourage skeptical teachers to implement this…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Faculty Development, Inquiry, Instructional Design
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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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