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ERIC Number: ED542755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Vision for the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Inquiry in Social Studies State Standards: Guidance for States to Use in Enhancing Their Standards for Rigor in Civics, Economics, Geography, and History in K-12 Schools
Council of Chief State School Officers
In the advent of the development and mass adoption of the common core state standards for English language arts and mathematics, state and local agencies have now expressed a need to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO or the Council) for assistance as they upgrade existing social studies standards to meet the practical goal of preparing young people for effective and successful participation in college, careers, and civic life. The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework, currently under development, will ultimately focus on the disciplinary and multidisciplinary concepts and practices that make up the process of investigation, analysis, and explanation which will be informative to states interested in upgrading their social studies standards. It will include descriptions of the structure and tools of the disciplines (civics, economics, geography, and history) as well as the habits of mind common in those disciplines. The C3 Framework will also include an inquiry arc--a set of interlocking and mutually supportive ideas that frame the ways students learn social studies content. This framing and background for standards development to be covered in C3 all point to the states' collective interest in students using the disciplines of civics, economics, geography, and history as they develop questions and plan investigations; apply disciplinary concepts and tools; gather, evaluate, and use evidence; and work collaboratively and communicate their conclusions. The C3 Framework will focus primarily on inquiry and concepts, and will guide--not prescribe--the content necessary for a rigorous social studies program. This document is designed to give states and other interested parties an understanding of how the C3 Framework is being developed and designed.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of Chief State School Officers