ERIC Number: ED449068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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Transforming Social Studies Education: A Critical Perspective.
What is social studies but the preparation of an active, informed, and critical citizenry? Primarily, the social studies should not rely on memorizing questionable "facts," but should focus on transformative approaches that allow critical analysis and problem solving on issues within history, government, and economics. Noting that elementary social studies has been relegated to add-on curriculum and that secondary social studies is traditional to the point of becoming meaningless, this book contends that if educators and parents are truly interested in a citizenry capable of critical thinking, problem solving, and active involvement, then new approaches must be encouraged. This book suggests a transformation of social studies education. Its 22 chapters offer a critical perspective toward a variety of issues in social studies education, including constructivism, technology integration, teacher education, multiculturalism, and inquiry learning. Chapters present critical analysis of an issue and ideas for practical application. Contains an afterword and a selected bibliography. (BT)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Classroom Techniques, Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Social Studies, Theory Practice Relationship
Charles C Thomas Publisher, Ltd., 2600 South First Street, Springfield, IL 62704 (cloth: ISBN-0-398-06952-2, $49.95; paper: ISBN-0-398-06949-2, $36.96). Tel: 800-258-8980 (Toll Free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ccthomas.com/.
Publication Type: Books; Opinion Papers
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