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ERIC Number: EJ1043143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Achieving "Authentic" Pedagogy: Plan Units, Not Lessons
Saye, John
Social Education, v78 n1 p33-37 Jan-Feb 2014
Social studies teachers have the principal responsibility for developing competent citizens who can reason together about the challenges of democratic life. Always complicated, informed reflective citizenship is even more difficult in an age of exploding information, often from sources whose credibility has not been subject to editorial review. Authentic pedagogy, grounded in meaningful challenges that resemble the work done by adults in the real world, offers an established strategy for teachers to engage students and encourage them to do the hard work required for complex understanding, problem solving, and decision making. This article discusses what authentic pedagogy is and why practicing it can be demanding, but very rewarding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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