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ERIC Number: EJ945836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0040-5841
Making Social Studies Social: Engaging Students through Different Forms of Social Perspective Taking
Gehlbach, Hunter
Theory Into Practice, v50 n4 p311-318 2011
People are intrinsically motivated to connect to others socially. One of the most important mechanisms in fostering social relationships is social perspective taking (SPT)--the capacity to discern the thoughts and feelings of others. Thus, students in social studies classrooms might be motivated to engage with their subject either through taking the perspectives of their peers in class (interpersonal SPT) or through taking the perspectives of the historical and cultural figures they are studying (academic SPT). This article first provides a theoretical overview of the contrasts and similarities between these two forms of SPT. Next, it describes 3 examples of how these 2 forms of SPT might be implemented in teaching social studies. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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