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ERIC Number: EJ856330
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Comparing Presidents and Their Actions "To Provide for the Common Defence"
O'Brien, Joe; Hood, Jack
History Teacher, v42 n3 p315-327 May 2009
As noted by Onosko, the nature of the social studies curriculum typically results in superficial and disconnected coverage of the content with few opportunities for in-depth investigation and discussion of that content. Engaging students in a comparative study of U.S. Presidents and actions they took "to provide for the common defence" offers one means to provide for such an in-depth study, while acknowledging the importance of teaching the breadth of content required for state tests. This article provides a rationale for studying Presidents, discusses how a study of presidential decisions related to the "common defence" can form the foundation for a comparative studies approach, suggests how to build such an approach into the curriculum, and presents United States history high school teacher Mr. Hood's experience with the approach. (Contains 6 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States