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Wilson, Angene H. – Social Studies, 1984
A survey shows that short-term international travel has a positive effect on elementary and secondary teachers. It improves their teaching about the places they visited, engenders responsibility for passing on the experience, and encourages them to try more cross-cultural encounters. (RM)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Studies, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement
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Armstrong, David G. – Social Studies, 1981
Discusses how to develop a chapter based unit, a very brief planning scheme that enables a social studies teacher to organize instruction drawing upon content from a single textbook chapter. This involves identifying a focus generalization, describing major concepts and subconcepts, preparing performance objectives, and developing key questions.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Development, Instructional Improvement
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Fink, Cecilia H. – Social Studies, 1980
Criticizes use of round-robin oral reading and suggests ways in which oral reading can be effective. Some uses of oral reading in the social studies classroom are during class discussion and after silent reading for comprehension, with captioned filmstrips, for vocabulary development activities, and for expressive, audience-oriented reading. (KC)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Oral Reading, Reading Skills
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Glenn, Allen D.; West, Edith – Social Studies, 1980
Suggests implementation of wide reading programs so that social studies teachers can accommodate various reading levels in their classrooms. Options include parallel texts at different levels, tapes of readings at lowest levels, and individual reading of articles and books at different reading levels. (KC)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Differences, Instructional Improvement, Reading Material Selection
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Bennett, Clifford T.; Klemanski, John S. – Social Studies, 1980
Describes a two-week workshop, the Federal Forum, designed to aid teachers in understanding contemporary political issues. Topics include the executive branch of government, valuing strategy and political parties, teaching models and the U.S. Supreme Court, and questioning techniques and U.S. diplomacy. (KC)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Government, Inservice Teacher Education
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McFarland, Jacqueline – Social Studies, 1998
Outlines what it means to be "learning disabled" and presents a number of symptoms of learning disabilities. Suggests means by which social studies teachers can reach learning disabled students and help them to learn, including alternative assignments, guided notes, unit organizers, cooperative learning, and active response activities. (DSK)
Descriptors: Attention Deficit Disorders, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education
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van Sciver, James H. – Social Studies, 1986
Modeled after a traditional cooking recipe, this article synthesizes aspects of a successful social studies course/program. (JDH)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement, Social Studies
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Hurst, Joe B. – Social Studies, 1986
Outlines a participatory approach to social studies education called "skills-in-living." This approach defines schooling and classroom work not as preparation for life, but life itself and emphasizes the application of social science concepts and generalizations to the real life decision-making, participation, communication, interaction skills of…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Elementary Secondary Education
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DuPlass, James A. – Social Studies, 1996
Explores several instructional strategies and approaches for teaching charts, tables, graphs, and diagrams to social studies students. Discusses the various qualities of these visual aids and identifies specific strategies for each. Includes activities designed to teach students how to construct these representations. (MJP)
Descriptors: Charts, Diagrams, Elementary Secondary Education, Graphs
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Rossi, John A. – Social Studies, 1992
Uses interpretations of educational historians to explain the uniformity that resulted from the New Social Studies (NSS) movement. Describes the origins of the NSS in two streams: the academic disciplines and citizenship education. Suggests that the uniformity and diversity of the profession is based on a central tendency that emphasizes…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Classroom Environment, Curriculum Development, Educational History
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Heitzmann, William Ray – Social Studies, 1988
Traces the history of political cartoons in the United States from the first (Benjamin Franklin's "Unite or Die") in 1754 to the present. Discusses three requirements for effective cartoons, and identifies important cartoonists and their work. Characterizes political cartoons as one of the United States' liveliest, most enjoyable, and…
Descriptors: Art History, Cartoons, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement
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Heitzmann, William Ray – Social Studies, 1988
Discusses the uses of political cartoons in the classroom, and presents a list of skills which must be acquired by students to allow them to master cartoon interpretation. Illustrates how to recognize the use of caricature and identify symbolism and includes a bibliography of political cartoon sources and uses. (GEA)
Descriptors: Cartoons, Characterization, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Improvement
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De Fren, Marcia – Social Studies, 1988
Presents a method that enables students to assess political cartoons and record their findings in written form. Suggests guidelines for cartoon evaluation as well as questions which help organize interpretations. Includes three political cartoons and descriptions of how they might be used in the classroom. (GEA)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, Inquiry, Instructional Improvement
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Vermette, Paul J. – Social Studies, 1988
Describes classroom use of cooperative learning groups: small, carefully mixed, permanent groups of students who work together for cooperative team successes. This process encourages total class participation and group decision making, results in higher grades, and develops critical thinking as well as factual mastery. (LS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Activities
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Saunders, Robert M. – Social Studies, 1996
Criticizes the National History Standards for attempting to cover too much material and burdening teachers with unrealistic objectives and expectations. Recommends a closer coordination of educational objectives with historical material in an attempt to clarify the standards and make them more effective. (MJP)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Educational Diagnosis, Educational Improvement, Educational Needs
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