ERIC Number: ED380333
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
BETTER Social Studies: Building Effective Teaching Through Educational Research.
Osborn, Cliff; And Others
This document presents the initial set of research findings for social studies that is part of Project BETTER, a project of the Maryland State Department of Education to promote more effective instruction. The project has three major objectives: (1) to identify current research on effective instruction; (2) to synthesize this research in the form of non-theoretical summaries; and (3) to deliver this information directly to practitioners. The information in this publication and in the accompanying data base is designed as a resource to assist teachers in expanding and refining their repertoire of teaching strategies and to guide instructional planning and decision making. This resource provides a guide to teachers as they consider their curriculum objectives, the nature and needs of their students, their personal style of teaching, and their available instructional resources. The first section, covering general areas, discusses setting goals for students, homework, debriefing, advance organizers, computer use in social studies, teaching for problem solving, classroom climate, geography, multicultural education, teaching history, teaching law related education, and teaching economics. The second section of the document includes five topics relating to a learning continuum: (1) imagery strategies for early learning years; (2) map skills for early learning years; (3) vocabulary development for middle learning years; (4) human relations and the middle school social studies curriculum; (5) teacher enthusiasm in upper grades; and (6) discussion of controversial issues and moral dilemmas. The third part discusses special populations of students. The fourth part is devoted to thinking skills. (DK)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Geography Instruction, History Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Learning Strategies, Map Skills, Multicultural Education, Problem Solving, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
Maryland State Department of Education, Bureau of Educational Development, Division of Instruction, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore. Div. of Instruction.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland