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Wojcik, Teresa G.; Heitzmann, Ray; Kilbride, Candice; Hartwell, Daniel – Social Studies, 2013
Social studies methods textbooks constitute a rich source of data for trends in teaching and learning. This study examined twenty secondary social studies methods texts for the instructional approaches they recommend. The researchers concluded that methods texts published over the past fifty years consistently call for pedagogical variety and…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Social Studies, History, Textbook Evaluation
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Sheppard, Maia; Mayo, J. B., Jr. – Social Studies, 2013
The authors encourage teachers to make use of existing, standard social studies curriculum to uncover and to make visible the normative assumptions that underlie American cultural beliefs about gender and sexuality. The article provides an overview of how some cultures within the various Native American nations conceptualize gender and sexuality…
Descriptors: Gender Issues, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality, Social Studies
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Ohn, J. D. – Social Studies, 2013
The purpose of the study was to examine if and how elementary preservice teachers' perceptions about history were changed upon their completion of a class project that engaged them in a discipline-specific inquiry as a method of teaching history. Surveys were administered to assess any changes in their perception of the history before and after…
Descriptors: Class Activities, Preservice Teachers, Pedagogical Content Knowledge, Social Studies
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Lindquist, David H. – Social Studies, 2013
Students often bring considerable prior information about the Holocaust to their study of the event, with much of that knowledge being inaccurate or incomplete. In addition, the Shoah's complexity necessitates that teachers establish a well-defined framework as they introduce the topic to their students. This article outlines an opening lesson for…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Social Studies, Death, History Instruction
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Clark, J. Spencer – Social Studies, 2013
This article examined the value of using nonfiction graphic novels as historical narratives in the social studies curriculum. Preservice teachers evaluated several graphic novels and identified attributes of graphic novels that could contribute to students' development of historical thinking and understanding of multiple perspectives. Despite the…
Descriptors: Nonfiction, Novels, Preservice Teachers, History Instruction
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Bersh, Luz Carime – Social Studies, 2013
This article offers a contextual analysis of contemporary immigration issues impacting the institutions in the United States, in particular the school. It discusses the importance of addressing this theme in the classroom and presents its curricular value in the elementary and middle school social studies and interdisciplinary curricula. Using a…
Descriptors: Immigration, Teaching Methods, Social Studies, Elementary School Students
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Reidel, Michelle; Draper, Christine – Social Studies, 2013
With the realities of standards-based accountability, it is imperative to model and demonstrate for students how subject areas and teaching methods transcend across traditional boundaries. In an effort to prepare future social studies educators to teach for global awareness and to meaningfully integrate critical literacy skills into their…
Descriptors: Middle School Teachers, Global Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Teacher Education Programs
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Gallavan, Nancy P.; Kottler, Ellen – Social Studies, 2012
Social studies teachers of all grade levels are responsible for (a) connecting students with standards-based content, (b) engaging students in their own learning, (c) expanding students' levels of understanding by co-constructing new knowledge, (d) motivating students to express and exchange ideas with one another, and (e) incorporating social…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teacher Responsibility, Brainstorming, Creative Thinking
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Moore, James – Social Studies, 2012
Many scholars, teachers, parents, as well as others, are concerned with the decline of civility in public discourse and public schools. The sharp differences among various ideological groups, exacerbated by media incivility, are contributing factors to rising incivility. This ideological divide currently manifests itself in bitter partisan…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Social Studies, Moral Development, Moral Issues
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Marri, Anand R.; Crocco, Margaret S.; Shuttleworth, Jay; Gaudelli, William; Grolnick, Maureen – Social Studies, 2012
This study of all fifty state, high school social studies curriculum standards found a lack of attention in the vast majority of state standards to the federal budget, federal debt, and budget deficit, topics of significant concern. These concepts are important to teaching about economics in the United States since they lie at the center of…
Descriptors: State Standards, Economics, Debt (Financial), Federal Government
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Ciardiello, A. Vincent – Social Studies, 2012
Education in the twenty-first century requires that all students learn the social studies skills that help them understand the complex issues related to civic ideals and practices. One of these skills is developing multiple perspective-taking. Many educators believe that this critical thinking ability is not only for upper level students but also…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Immigration, Chinese Americans, Immigrants
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Martin, Leisa A.; Smolen, Lynn Atkinson; Oswald, Ruth A.; Milam, Jennifer L. – Social Studies, 2012
In our complex, interdependent world, it is critical that educators prepare students for global citizenship. One way to develop students' awareness and understanding of the world is through global literature. Through exposure to this type of literature, students gain multiple perspectives and learn about the social, political, and moral conditions…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Global Education, Citizenship, Childrens Literature
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Virtue, David C.; Buchanan, Anne; Vogler, Kenneth E. – Social Studies, 2012
In the current era of high-stakes testing and accountability, many social studies teachers struggle to find creative ways to add depth and authenticity to a broad, shallow curriculum. Teachers can use the time after tests are administered for students to reflect back on the social studies curriculum and select topics they want to study more deeply…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Curriculum Enrichment, Curriculum Evaluation, Instructional Innovation
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Busey, Christopher L.; Waring, Scott M. – Social Studies, 2012
As evidenced by the Super Bowl, the Olympics, and the World Cup, sports is a major part of global society, as millions of people throughout the world tune in to view renowned sporting events each and every week. This is especially true for soccer, which is the world's most popular and global sport. Because soccer is played in nearly every country…
Descriptors: Team Sports, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Global 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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