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Cavallaro, Christina J.; Sembiante, Sabrina F.; Kervin, Cole; Baxley, Traci P. – Social Studies, 2019
One way for teachers to use engaging and relevant social studies curriculum is by delving into local history to help students understand the influence that community activists have had on national policies and events. In this article, we provide teachers an approach to incorporate topics of racial inequity in their classrooms by showcasing a…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Local History, Racial Differences, Activism
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Rich, Jennifer – Social Studies, 2019
A quarter of a century has passed since lawmakers enacted the New Jersey Holocaust education mandate, and it seems responsible and timely to ask if it, the original Holocaust education mandate, actually encouraged substantive learning about the Holocaust. Despite repeated fanfare about the mandate and its inclusion in educational curricula…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Death, Jews, European History
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Adams, Erin C. – Social Studies, 2019
This is a comprehensive review of literature related to K-12 economics curriculum spanning 20 years, from 1998-2018. The search for literature revealed 18 articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals and volumes related to social studies and economics education. The study revealed several trends and issues related to K-12 economics…
Descriptors: Economics Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis
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Smith, William L.; Crowley, Ryan M. – Social Studies, 2018
In this conceptual article we consider the pedagogical possibilities and pitfalls of incorporating White ally figures in history and social studies curricula. Drawing on the burgeoning scholarship on race and the social studies and literature on alternative racial orientations, such as allies, antiracists, and abolitionists, we contend that…
Descriptors: Whites, Teaching Methods, History Instruction, Social Studies
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Byrd, Marie; Varga, Bretton A. – Social Studies, 2018
The manifestation of Campbell's Law is examined in light of the current era in American public schools of high stakes testing inclusive of narrowed curriculums and teaching to the test. The decades-long practice of reducing instructional time of non-tested subjects, which includes social studies fundamentals, has resulted in a less informed…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Public Education, Citizenship Education, High Stakes Tests
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Kenna, Joshua L.; Potter, Sarah – Social Studies, 2018
Due to the changing landscape of K-12 education in the United States, particularly issues arising from funding, safety, accessibility, and standardization, the frequency at which teachers utilize traditional field trips has diminished over the last few decades. Thanks to continued advances in communicative technology, however, teachers are able to…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Trips, Computer Simulation
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Sotiropoulos, Karen – Social Studies, 2017
This article is a reflection on the teaching of black history after the Obama presidency and at the dawn of the Trump era. It is both an analysis of the state of the academic field and a primer on how to integrate the past few decades of scholarship in black history broadly across standard K-12 curriculum. It demonstrates the importance of…
Descriptors: African Americans, African American History, Presidents, Elementary Secondary Education
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Moore, James R. – Social Studies, 2012
In this article, the author investigates the controversial curricular and instructional aspects of teaching about Islam in social studies courses. Specifically, the author discusses pedagogically sound approaches to teaching about "jihad" and "Shari'ah" law, two of the most important and controversial concepts in Islam that often generate intense…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Islam, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
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Kracl, Carrie L. – Social Studies, 2012
Asking surface-level questions is a common practice among educators. Delva Daines's (1986) pilot study indicated that 93 percent of the questions asked during lessons were at the literal level of comprehension and that it was very common for the teachers to restate, rephrase, or answer their own questions before the student had an opportunity to…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Social Studies, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Classroom Communication
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Daniels, Emily A. – Social Studies, 2011
If we are to aim toward a genuine democracy, we must be willing to look at the uncomfortable topics that continue to sabotage what we aspire to as a society. This article aims to problematize the ways we conceive of and implement the social studies. To do so, I investigate the social studies in K-12 practice through critical theoretical lenses,…
Descriptors: Race, Critical Theory, Elementary Secondary Education, Democracy
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Brown, Keffrelyn D. – Social Studies, 2011
Using Lani Guinier's notion of "racial literacy" and the findings from a study that analyzed how recent K-12 social studies textbooks portray racial violence against African Americans, I argue in this article that students come to teacher education programs possessing a limited understanding of racism as a historically situated, institutionalized…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Race, Teacher Education Programs
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Moore, Zachary A.; Boehm, Richard G. – Social Studies, 2011
The purpose of this study was to analyze the evolution of geography in the United States' K-12 education system throughout the Nineteenth Century to understand the causes of variations, shifts in focus, and relative importance placed on geography. A broad theoretical framework, based on the work of sociologists of education and education…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Geography, Historians, Social Studies
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Waterson, Robert A.; Jenne, Katherine – Social Studies, 2011
A review of "The September 11th Education Program: A National Interdisciplinary Curriculum" reveals a sensitive and well-created program for the 5-12 social studies teacher to use in teaching about the challenging subject of 9/11. This program provides an opportunity for teachers to find a balance among understanding, critical analysis,…
Descriptors: United States History, Terrorism, Air Transportation, Suicide
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Crocco, Margaret Smith – Social Studies, 2011
This article addresses the subject of teaching about women in world history in K-12 schools and in programs of social studies teacher education. It includes a review of the place of gender in teaching about world history to current and future teachers at Teachers College, Columbia University. This informal research serves as the platform for a set…
Descriptors: World History, Schools of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Females
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Thornton, Stephen J. – Social Studies, 2011
In the United States, survey courses in world history have been staples of school programs for almost a century. But no consensus has emerged on the exact goals toward which these courses should be directed. Nor is there agreement on what topics to include or in what order topics should be studied. This article introduces some of the reasons for…
Descriptors: World History, Introductory Courses, Definitions, Conflict
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