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ERIC Number: EJ812721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
A Vision of Powerful Teaching and Learning in the Social Studies: Building Effective Citizens
Social Education, v72 n5 p277-280 Sep 2008
The last decade of the twentieth century and the first decade of the twenty-first have seen a marginalization of social studies curriculum, instruction, and assessment at all grade levels. In many state houses, in departments of education, and in school districts across this great nation, education for citizenship has taken a back seat to education for career and college. Powerful social studies teaching helps students develop enduring understandings in the core content areas of civics, economics, geography, and history, and assures their readiness and willingness to assume citizenship responsibilities. Powerful social studies learning leads to a well-informed and civic-minded citizenry that can sustain and build on democratic traditions. This position statement presents a vision of social studies teaching and learning needed to achieve the levels of civic efficacy that the nation requires of its citizens. It does not outline a K-12 social studies program nor does it suggest any particular curricular scope and sequence. The emphasis is on principles of teaching and learning that have enduring applicability across grade levels, social studies core content areas, and scope-and-sequence arrangements. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A