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Marks, Melissa J.; Binkley, Russell; Daly, James K. – Social Studies, 2014
Recognizing the influence of religion on people's worldview and daily lives, we wondered if elementary and secondary social studies preservice teachers knew enough about religions not only to be culturally responsive in a classroom but also whether they knew enough to teach about these religions within the appropriate curriculum. We used questions…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Religious Factors, Religious Education, Constitutional Law
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Passe, Jeff; Willox, Lara – Social Studies, 2009
Religion plays an important role in social studies content and is difficult to ignore, especially because of current world events. In our global society, it is more important than ever to know about and understand the religious beliefs of others. The social studies curriculum is infused with religion, but teachers circumvent the issue, mistakenly…
Descriptors: Religion, Social Studies, Religious Education, Public Schools
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Swan, Kathy; Hofer, Mark – Social Studies, 2006
Educating students to understand overt, subtle, and erroneous claims made by partisan advertisers is no small feat. Often students are passive consumers who need to learn how to become critical listeners, viewers, readers, and producers of all types of media. Because of this, media literacy--the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and produce…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Mass Media Role, Political Campaigns, Media Literacy
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Martinson, David L. – Social Studies, 2006
One of the most perplexing quandaries that has continually confronted proponents of democratic governance centers around the question of how to protect the right of the majority to govern while simultaneously protecting the fundamental rights of those who are, at least temporarily, in the minority (Martinson 1996, 163). The author of this paper…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Democracy, Philosophy