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Boehm, Richard G.; Solem, Michael; Zadrozny, Joann – Social Studies, 2018
The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education and National Center for Research in Geography Education propose a new framework for geography called Powerful Geography, which revolutionizes the traditional notion of standards in geography education. Combining Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum's principles of human capabilities, Michael Young's theory…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Faculty Development, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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LeCompte, Karon; Blevins, Brooke – Social Studies, 2015
Project-based learning is an example of powerful social studies learning in which student engage in active inquiry. Action civics is a relatively new educational practice in which students "act as citizens" through a cycle of research, action, and reflection about problems they care about in their community. "Building Civic…
Descriptors: Civics, Active Learning, Student Projects, Social Studies
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Green, Martha R.; Walters, Lynne Masel; Walters, Timothy; Wang, Liangyan – Social Studies, 2015
This article evaluates the impact of extending a traditional written research paper into a digital documentary on students' perception and level of comprehension of a global sustainability issue. An adaptation of Moon's (1999) five-stage map of learning was used to assess the written and digital projects students submitted to a statewide…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Sustainability, Reflection, Documentaries
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Reidel, Michelle; Draper, Christine – Social Studies, 2013
With the realities of standards-based accountability, it is imperative to model and demonstrate for students how subject areas and teaching methods transcend across traditional boundaries. In an effort to prepare future social studies educators to teach for global awareness and to meaningfully integrate critical literacy skills into their…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Global Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teacher Education Programs
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Marri, Anand R.; Ahn, Meesuk; Crocco, Margaret Smith; Grolnick, Maureen; Gaudelli, William; Walker, Erica N. – Social Studies, 2011
The issues surrounding the federal budget, national debt, and budget deficit are complex, but not beyond the reach of young students. This study finds scant treatment of the federal budget, national debt, and budget deficit in high schools today. It is hardly surprising that high school teachers spend so little time discussing these topics in…
Descriptors: High Schools, Current Events, Debt (Financial), Secondary School Teachers
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Foster, Ellen J. – Social Studies, 2010
As part of a geography-based minority recruiting program (MRP), teachers were asked to serve as mentors for teams of high school students interested in both postsecondary education and geography as a major discipline or career path. The goal was to determine whether teacher participation in MRP programs was an effective tool to mentor…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Summer Programs, Teacher Participation, Mentors
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Journell, Wayne – Social Studies, 2009
This article frames history education as a social construction designed to create a national identity through the inclusion, exclusion, and treatment of various societal groups. Using this lens, the author analyzes curriculum standards from nine states that annually assess student knowledge of American history to better understand the depiction of…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, State Standards, Immigration
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Field, Sherry L.; Bauml, Michelle; LeCompte, Karon; Alleman, Janet – Social Studies, 2009
The authors describe how three elementary teachers working in very different parts of the United States teach about Mexico. These teachers' practices allow them to enhance the traditional social studies curriculum, help children learn about themselves and other people, and increase children's capacities for global citizenship. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Foreign Countries, Social Studies, Elementary School Teachers
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Salinas, Cinthia; Franquiz, Maria E.; Reidel, Michelle – Social Studies, 2008
In this case study, the work of an exemplary high school social studies teacher is highlighted. In her class, late-arrival immigrant students participated in oral, writing, and demonstration activities as they learned the physical, cultural, and historical traditions of geography education. As newcomers to the English language, the students'…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, World Geography, Prior Learning, Immigrants
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Martin, Leisa A. – Social Studies, 2008
To prepare students for effective citizenship, the author examines the Pledge of Allegiance and explores its meaning, history, and role in American history. The author includes quotes presenting different views of the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance and examples of pledges from different countries. Teachers are encouraged to have students examine their…
Descriptors: United States History, Citizenship Education, Patriotism, Political Socialization
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Ayers, Samuel J.; Reid, Shelly – Social Studies, 2005
The mere mention of the terms religion and public education in the same sentence has both educators and parents gasping aloud. Moreover, although most state adopted sixth-grade textbooks contain a fair amount of content on the world's religions, but it is also true that many social studies teachers choose to omit that content. Black (2003, 4)…
Descriptors: Religion, Religion Studies, Public Education, Elementary Education
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Nagel, Paul B.; Earl, Richard A. – Social Studies, 2003
In this article, the authors show how oceanography can enlighten and energize the teaching of middle- and high-school social studies on a grade-by-grade basis, and they describe "hooks" from oceanography that will heighten students' interest in various social studies topics. They base the article on their own experiences--as a…
Descriptors: State Standards, Oceanography, Geography, Geography Instruction
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Morris, Ronald V. – Social Studies, 2003
Children in two first-grade classes and their teachers decided to take an imaginary trip to Washington D.C. For three weeks, the first graders spent their afternoons on the project, and their simulated flight was the culminating activity of a unit on Washington, D.C. In this article, the author discusses several details of the activity,…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Transportation, Teaching Methods, Role Playing
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Lacina, Jan; Watson, Patricia – Social Studies, 2003
Children find learning about history meaningful when teachers find ways to interest them in the subject. A social studies wax museum is one way to bring state or national historical characters to life. It opens up a new world for children and makes history more than a chapter in a textbook. In this article, the authors present the rationale for a…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Museums, Social Studies, Literary Devices
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Black, Mary S.; Blake, Marie E. – Social Studies, 2001
Discusses a collaboration among an educator, a historical archaeologist, and a historian in order to create a local history curriculum that focuses on the life of African Americans on a Texas farm. Discusses how the curriculum was actually developed focusing on the role of the three team members. (CMK)
Descriptors: Black History, Blacks, Cooperation, Curriculum Development