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ERIC Number: EJ922453
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
Redefining Vocabulary: The New Learning Strategy for Social Studies
Alexander-Shea, Aimee
Social Studies, v102 n3 p95-103 2011
Although vocabulary development is an important part of the social studies curriculum, vocabulary activities are often inadequate, leaving students with cursory knowledge of terms. Worse still is the fact that many of the most critical words demarcating the field are not included in those activities. Therefore, a transformation from viewing vocabulary instruction as a single activity that takes time away from social studies instruction to recognizing vocabulary development as a powerful learning strategy is needed. This article offers an educational model that threads vocabulary development throughout the social studies curriculum in a non-intrusive manner, enhancing and reinforcing students' understanding of social studies. This model is based on educational theories that stress the importance of activating prior knowledge, considering the relationships between concepts, comparing and contrasting ideas, and encouraging students to generate their own meaning of terms. Explanations and examples of vocabulary activities that draw on each of these components are provided. (Contains 7 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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