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Shifflet, Rena; Hunt, Carolyn S. – Social Studies, 2019
The absence of social studies curriculum is a problem because it undermines the essential purposes of schooling: to prepare participatory, contributing members of a democratic society. In this article, we argue that integrating the literacy and social studies curricula is one meaningful way to support such civic-minded social studies instruction…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Social Studies, Preservice Teacher Education, Literacy Education
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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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Brugar, Kristy A. – Social Studies, 2019
Across grade levels, teachers and students are encouraged to engage in inquiry-based practices. The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) "Framework" (National Council for the Social Studies, 2013) and the Common Core State "Standards" (Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association, 2010), as well…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Nonfiction, Childrens Literature, Inquiry
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Huck, Adam – Social Studies, 2019
While the primary focus of the Common Core Learning Standards is in improving literacy and math, elements of Social Studies topics and skills are emphasized. Primary source analysis and understanding multiple perspectives are just two examples. This article is grounded in a qualitative analysis of integrated instruction in two elementary…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Social Studies, Common Core State Standards, Integrated Curriculum
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Hawkman, Andrea M.; Van Horn, Selena E. – Social Studies, 2019
Authors discuss the relationship between social studies education and patriotism. The authors share two lesson plans (one elementary and one secondary) that examine the racialized and politicized experiences of three professional athletes, Gabby Douglas, Colin Kaepernick, and Megan Rapinoe. Drawing on tenets of critical race media literacy and…
Descriptors: Patriotism, Athletics, Physical Education, Social Studies
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Henning, Mary Beth; Lucey, Thomas A. – Social Studies, 2017
The authors conducted an online survey of elementary teacher education programs within a large midwestern state to assess preservice teachers' and teacher educators' beliefs about and preparedness to teach financial literacy. Very few preservice teachers had meaningful experiences with personal finance in high school, college, or personal decision…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Educators
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Hotchkiss, Kristie; Hougen, Marty – Social Studies, 2012
Literacy skills taught in the elementary grades establish a good foundation but are not adequate for the demands of secondary content curriculum. In history, preservice teachers must be prepared with a solid content base along with the pedagogy for teaching that content. To better teach and enhance student writing, preservice teachers need to…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, Elementary Education, Content Area Reading, History
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Heafner, Tina L.; Fitchett, Paul G. – Social Studies, 2012
Using data from the National Center for Educational Statistics research spanning fifteen years, researchers examined the impact of national educational policy implementation on the role of social studies in elementary schools. Specifically, with the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in 2007 and the continuation of federal-mandated…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Social Studies, Role
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Fox, Kathy R. – Social Studies, 2010
Service learning is an accepted practice in many middle and high schools as a means to develop empathy for others and promote character. In elementary classrooms service learning may be considered a one time a year occurrence and carried out as a school-wide project. This article addresses a more integrated approach to service learning, wherein…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Classrooms, Empathy, Teaching Methods
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Guidry, Allen; Cuthrell, Kristen; O'Connor, Katherine; Good, Amy – Social Studies, 2010
Since the inception of mandated testing in reading and mathematics, social studies instruction has been marginalized in elementary and middle schools. After the genesis of several state-mandated testing programs and nearly a decade after the launch of the No Child Left Behind legislation, the effects of limited K-8 social studies instruction are…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, Testing Programs, Federal Legislation, Scores
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Fertig, Gary – Social Studies, 2008
When teachers in elementary and middle school classrooms portray history as an immutable sequence of certain facts, dates, and events, young learners tend to view the past, and by extension the future, as something fixed and inevitable. Learning about the past through investigating biographies can help counter this tendency by teaching students to…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Middle Schools, Biographies, History Instruction
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McCarty, Diane M. – Social Studies, 2007
Book Review Committee members for the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), in collaboration with the Children's Book Council, have reviewed current copyrighted trade books with social studies themes since 1972. As a result, an annual bibliography of K-12 trade books is published each May in the "Notable Social Studies Trade Books for…
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Book Reviews, Social Studies, Childrens Literature
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Weisman, Evelyn Marino; Hansen, Laurie E. – Social Studies, 2007
Learning social studies curriculum can present challenges for English-language learners (ELLs). The language used to present concepts is often decontextualized and abstract, making it difficult for these students to understand the content and have successful learning experiences. In this article, the authors describe strategies elementary teachers…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, English (Second Language), Social Studies, Second Language Learning
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Passe, Jeff – Social Studies, 2006
Social studies education has been endangered for a long time, with no aspect more threatened than the elementary program. This situation is problematic in itself, but its effects on the total social studies program are also pernicious. In this article, the author discusses the problems and challenges in social education, particularly in elementary…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Elementary Education, Elementary School Curriculum, Guidelines
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Libresco, Andrea S. – Social Studies, 2006
From the emphasis on lower-level test-prep materials to the disappearance of the subject altogether, elementary social studies is, in the best case scenario, being tested and, thus, taught with a heavy emphasis on recall; and, in the worst-case scenario, not being taught at all. In this article, the author responds to Jeff Passe's views on…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Elementary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Elementary School Teachers
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