ERIC Number: EJ770186
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: 33
Bringing the Ocean into the Social Studies Classroom: What Can Oceanography Do for Sixth through Twelfth Grade Social Studies?
Nagel, Paul B.; Earl, Richard A.
Social Studies, v94 n6 p257-264 Nov-Dec 2003
In this article, the authors show how oceanography can enlighten and energize the teaching of middle- and high-school social studies on a grade-by-grade basis, and they describe "hooks" from oceanography that will heighten students' interest in various social studies topics. They base the article on their own experiences--as a university-level geography professor who teaches oceanography and world regional geography and as a middle- and high-school social studies teacher who is pursuing a Ph.D. in geography education. They focus on factors associated with the changing role of geography in U.S. schools. They review the professional literature to determine the amount of cross-over between oceanography and social studies and use the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) from the Texas Education Agency (2001), which is similar in many respects to other state standards, as a means to analyze social studies instruction and learning objectives on a grade-by-grade basis. They provide examples from each grade's curriculum to show how oceanography can enliven and complement instruction. They also show how such an approach can help students understand that local problems are often a part of larger world problems and how an understanding of science can help them better understand social science issues, such as environmental problems, which may be local or global in scale. (Contains 4 figures and 4 tables.)
Descriptors: State Standards, Oceanography, Geography, Geography Instruction, Social Studies, Middle School Students, High School Students, Interdisciplinary Approach, Science Education, World History, Teaching Methods, United States History, State History, Student Motivation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills