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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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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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Sperry, Sox – Social Education, 2018
Reflecting on the mediascape since the 2016 elections, it's tempting to think that "fake news" is strictly a twenty-first century phenomenon--designed by webmasters as clickbait for shadowy networks seeking power and profit. This article will explore some ways in which teachers can use the analytical tools of news literacy to unearth the…
Descriptors: News Reporting, Credibility, Media Literacy, Deception
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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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Clark, J. R.; Niederjohn, M. Scott; Wood, William C. – Social Education, 2018
The cryptocurrency Bitcoin has been prominently featured in the news recently. Its ascension in value has been nothing short of extraordinary. This article briefly explains what Bitcoin is and how it works. The more challenging question is what Bitcoin--this cryptographic breakthrough--really is: currency, like the U.S. dollar, an asset, more like…
Descriptors: Monetary Systems, Definitions, Computer Networks, Consumer Economics
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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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Parker, Walter C. – Social Education, 2018
When projects are the spine of a course, they are systematically sequenced one after the other, and they do the heavy lifting of the course. They teach its core content and skills. The author has been testing this model of course design for several years, aiming for experiential learning that is tied to deep rather than superficial learning of…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Experiential Learning, Active Learning, Sequential Learning
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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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Turk, Diana B.; Berman, Stacie Brensilver – Social Education, 2018
A project-based approach to studying the civil rights movement can stimulate student engagement and their sense of connection to this historic period. The authors taught this project-based learning (PBL) unit on the American civil rights movement multiple times in the past 10 years to classes of middle school, high school general education,…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, United States History, Civil Rights
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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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King, LaGarrett J.; Vickery, Amanda E.; Caffrey, Genevieve – Social Education, 2018
Because race is treated as a controversial issue within K-12 social studies classrooms, teachers report avoiding the topic. Some consider it too sensitive or complex for their students; others don't want to say the wrong thing; still others fear being labeled a "racist." The authors argue that one of the reasons why social studies…
Descriptors: Race, Racial Attitudes, Racial Bias, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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