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ERIC Number: EJ794350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Reinventing Social Studies: By All Means!
Garcia, Jesus
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n9 p660-663 May 2008
In this response to Kevin St. Jarre's article "Reinventing Social Studies", the author agrees with St. Jarre that the social studies curriculum needs to change. However, he stresses that the improvement process will not be easy. Creating university social science and social studies courses that would prepare secondary teachers with the knowledge and skills to do the things St. Jarre proposes is a daunting task. While not impossible, it requires faculty members who are committed to improving the preservice preparation of social studies teachers. Likewise, university officials, deans, and tenure and promotion committees will need to develop creative paths that reward faculty members for their intellectual efforts. The author also argues that students should be included in this reform process by asking them what connects with them, what arouses their curiosity, what they would like to know more about in social studies, and how they would like to demonstrate to various audiences their powerful learning in social studies. (Contains 4 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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