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Maguth, Brad M. – Social Studies, 2013
Over 75 percent of teens have a cell phone, and today's youth are increasingly turning to their cell phones to communicate and access information (Pew Internet 2009). As teens gain access and use mobile devices outside of the classroom, there's been a growing movement for teachers to enlist the digital tools students really use and are…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Social Studies, Educational Technology
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Laney, James D. – Social Studies, 1993
Asserts that economics education is a desirable goal for the elementary curriculum because elementary students can learn and understand economic concepts. Reviews four "Teaching-Learning Principles" based on empirical research about learning effectiveness. Applies these principles to economic concepts such as scarcity, cost-benefit analysis, and…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development, Economics, Economics Education
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Nelson, Lynn; And Others – Social Studies, 1994
Reports on a study of 124 secondary social studies teachers about the treatment of the 1991 Gulf War in their classrooms. Finds that, with few exceptions, knowledge about the war was provided by television news and other media and that students were not asked to conduct in-depth research or other critical thinking activities. (CFR)
Descriptors: Class Organization, Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Design, Educational Objectives
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Fraenkel, Jack R. – Social Studies, 1994
Describes the author's first meeting with curriculum specialist Hilda Taba and his subsequent work on the Taba Curriculum Project. Discusses the project's objectives, major features, and the instructional strategies necessary for implementation. Concludes by discussing Taba's impact on curriculum design and development. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Cognitive Processes, Concept Formation, Course Content
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Wade, Rahima C. – Social Studies, 1995
Asserts that social studies teacher educators can develop future teachers' commitment to student service learning. Describes and reports on a study of a community service-learning program for elementary preservice social studies teachers. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Course Descriptions
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Pahl, Ron H. – Social Studies, 1990
Reviews the "Handbook of Research on Social Studies Teaching and Learning's" section on learner outcomes and effective teaching methods. Concludes most researchers in this section expect social studies to teach active citizenship reached through decision making within a democratic society. Examines the debate on how best to produce this…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Research, Decision Making Skills
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Sweeney, Jo Ann Cutler; Garrett, Alan W. – Social Studies, 1990
Summarizes reviews of research reports on classroom practice in the "Handbook of Research on Social Studies Teaching and Learning." Examines textbooks, instructional grouping, teaching methods, and computer-assisted instruction (especially games and simulations), and civic education through student participation in community programs.…
Descriptors: Class Organization, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Community Programs
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Beyer, Barry K. – Social Studies, 1994
Contends that what is being proposed as thoughtful or authentic teaching in the social studies, particularly in geography and history, is similar to the "New Social Studies" movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Discusses the origins, development, and decline of the new social studies, using one program, Project Africa, as a model. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Discovery Learning, Educational Change, Educational History
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Commeyras, Michelle; Alvermann, Donna E. – Social Studies, 1994
Asserts that there is an important difference between history as socially constructed knowledge and as an objective, fixed account. Reports on a content analysis of three high school world history texts to determine how the meaning from them may be influenced in the content and power relations implicit in the textbook language. (CFR)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Cultural Differences, Cultural Influences, Cultural Pluralism
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David, Carol – Social Studies, 1989
Reports on a comparative study of two fifth-grade classes (Louisville, Kentucky) whose members learned economic principles through the establishment of a classroom grocery store. Provides a review of the literature relating to economic education and simulations, discusses the actual classroom instruction, and describes the instrument used to…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Consumer Education
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Zevin, Jack – Social Studies, 1990
Analyzes the "Handbook of Research on Social Studies Teaching and Learnings'" section on teachers. Focuses on research on teaching, history of teaching, and teacher education, characteristics, and competence in the social studies field. Concludes the handbook reveals the impoverished nature of research on social studies teaching,…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Research Problems
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Kaltsounis, Theodore – Social Studies, 1990
Evaluates the "Handbook of Research on Social Studies Teaching and Learning's" section on interrelations between social studies and other curriculum areas (art, music, literature, science, technology, reading, and writing). Commends the section for advocating integration of curriculum and for showing how limited research is for teaching…
Descriptors: Art Education, Cognitive Style, Content Area Reading, Curriculum Development
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Kuiper, Wilmad; van den Akker, Jan – Social Studies, 1995
Reports on an evaluative study of a secondary level civics curriculum in the Netherlands. Finds a discrepancy between the curriculum plans of the developers and the classroom implementation of the curriculum. Recommends an implementation-oriented development strategy with emphasis on early and intensive formative evaluation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Citizenship Education, Civics, Curriculum Development