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Torres, Heidi J. – Social Studies, 2019
Given the cultural diversity and pluralistic nature of the United States, an important part of citizenship education is helping children learn how to engage respectfully and dialogically with people whose beliefs and ways of life may differ significantly from their own. Such engagement is necessary for peaceful co-existence, as well as in the…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Diversity, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism
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Silva, Janelle M. – Social Studies, 2016
This article examines how teachers can develop a sense of social activism in students through critical multiculturalism. Drawing upon data from a nine-month participant observation study of a first-grade public charter school classroom in central California, this article highlights how teachers can integrate critical multiculturalism within an…
Descriptors: Grade 1, Activism, Social Action, Cultural Awareness
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Harrington, Judith M. – Social Studies, 2016
Picture books engage young learners across the elementary curriculum and can effectively help teach about a variety of social studies topics. Social studies may be a neglected subject in many elementary schools, but purposefully incorporating it through children's literature provides an effective means of advancing both literacy skills and social…
Descriptors: Picture Books, Cultural Awareness, Elementary School Students, Social Studies
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Wasta, Stephanie – Social Studies, 2010
Encouraging elementary students to become aware of place and the role it plays in shaping their lives can provide them with a clearer sense of self and a greater appreciation for diversity. To support this premise, this article explores using six National Council for the Social Studies Notable Trade Books to assist primary students in their…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Cultural Awareness
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Carano, Kenneth T. – Social Studies, 2009
In recent studies, youths in the United States have demonstrated a remarkable lack of cultural literacy. As the world is becoming increasingly interconnected, it is imperative that students enhance their understanding of other cultures. A classroom correspondence match with a Peace Corps volunteer through the Coverdell Peace Corps World Wise…
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Letters (Correspondence), Volunteers, Public Agencies
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Rosler, Brenda – Social Studies, 2008
The purpose of this study was to describe a group of fifth grade students as they engaged in process drama during their social studies class. The author found that students who engaged in process drama learned to combine texts to understand and create new texts. As they became engaged in the material, students collaborated with each other and…
Descriptors: Drama, Textbooks, Grade 5, Social Studies
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Lintner, Timothy – Social Studies, 2005
American society is deeply rooted in the belief that differences of all types--religious, cultural, physical, political--should be promoted in ways that serve not to divide or erode but to unify and strengthen. The premise for that American ideal is the promise and potential of difference. Although difference is often embraced, it can also be…
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Teaching Methods, Social Studies, Photography
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Gallavan, Nancy P. – Social Studies, 2003
In 1960, Shirley Engle identified the primary purposes or "heart of social studies instruction" as educating citizens living in a democracy and teaching them the process of decision making based on values formulation through genuine problem solving. Engle's recommendations for helping students to confront and comprehend today's complex issues…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Career Education, Self Efficacy, Democracy