ERIC Number: ED374046
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-May
Reference Count: N/A
Enhancing Optimum Learning Moments in Social Studies Instruction.
Peters, Richard O.
This document defines learning as a process of knowledge and skills acquisition, application, reinforcement, and refinement that cannot be rushed. Each student brings to assigned tasks a personal perspective compiled of native abilities, acquired skills, personal interests, prior experiences, the home environment, exposure to diverse learning encounters, culture, attitudes, beliefs, values, and a track record of success related to the formal education process. Although learning is not a constant activity for an individual, there are a few critically important times during a class period or a typical school day when individuals tend to focus. These optimum learning moments are different for different individuals. Because of this, social studies teachers must identify activities and experiences that will interest and motivate students; identify people, places, things, events, and processes in the community that will enhance students' inquiry and learning; select materials, resources, and technology that will promote the acquisition and application of selected concepts, knowledge, and subject matter related skills; and ensure that students will be able to evaluate personal performance. Contains 32 references. (Author/DK)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Strategies, Social Studies, Student Motivation, Teaching Methods
Global Horizons, The Center for Applied Eco/Social Studies, 6829 Roseland Dr., Corpus Christi, TX 78414.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Global Horizons, The Center for Applied Ecosocial Studies, Plaistow, NH.