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Kracl, Carrie L. – Social Studies, 2012
Asking surface-level questions is a common practice among educators. Delva Daines's (1986) pilot study indicated that 93 percent of the questions asked during lessons were at the literal level of comprehension and that it was very common for the teachers to restate, rephrase, or answer their own questions before the student had an opportunity to…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Social Studies, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Classroom Communication
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Levine, Thomas H. – Social Studies, 2010
When, if ever, should social studies teacher educators and K-12 teachers seek to inculcate specific values, attitudes, and beliefs in their students? To address this question, the author offers a case from his own practice as a social studies teacher educator, illustrating how he promoted critical and divergent thinking during the first half of…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Social Studies, Teacher Role, Teacher Educators
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Burstein, Joyce H. – Social Studies, 2009
Concerned with combining theory with practice, the author, a teacher educator, wrote a grant to combine teaching university social studies methods and teaching sixth-grade social studies in an urban professional development site (PDS). By combining both roles, she created a recursive process of theory, observation, analysis, coteaching, and…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Teaching Load, Teacher Educators
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Marks, Melanie; Davis, Cheryl – Social Studies, 2006
The authors outline an innovative activity that helps teachers make the abstract concepts of scarcity and allocation concrete in the K-12 classroom. Students evaluate the scarcity of chocolate and often determine, incorrectly, that the candy is not scarce because there is enough for each student to have one piece. After students reveal their…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Economics Education, Class Activities, Resource Allocation
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Danker, Anita C. – Social Studies, 2003
Local history can help prepare students for standardized tests by helping them enhance their memories and possess solid understanding of the concepts that are fundamental to a particular discipline or field of study. Although it can effectively be argued that the study of local history may aid in the mastery of U.S. history topics, another often…
Descriptors: Religious Cultural Groups, Elementary Secondary Education, Standardized Tests, Multicultural Education
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Wade, Rahima – Social Studies, 2003
As a social studies teacher educator, the author wants her students, as the nation's future teachers, to aspire to engage their students in K-12 classrooms in meaningful civic activity. Toward this end, she has developed several programs for preservice teachers to gain knowledge and the direct experience of civic participation. The Social Issue…
Descriptors: Social Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Preservice Teacher Education, Social Studies
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Roller, Cathy M. – Social Studies, 1984
Problems that students may have because of their unfamiliarity with the passage structures used in many social studies textbooks are discussed. Passage structures are defined as certain rhetorical structures such as compare/constrast, general/specific, and sequence. A teaching strategy for helping students overcome these difficulties is included.…
Descriptors: Content Area Reading, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Comprehension, Reading Difficulties
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Freedman, Philip I. – Social Studies, 1984
Educators must decide which concepts, generalizations, and content of multicultural education are to receive priority attention. Characteristics of curricular elements to be selected as foundations of multicultural education are discussed. (RM)
Descriptors: Course Content, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development
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Hurst, Joe B.; Shepard, John W. – Social Studies, 1984
An excellent method for teaching elementary and secondary history is to have students study historical decisions and decision-making processes and become involved in making some historical decisions as well. This approach is described. (RM)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Decision Making Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Historiography
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Schug, Mark C.; Kepner, Henry S., Jr. – Social Studies, 1984
Some of the advantages of using computer simulations in social studies are examined, and criteria to help social studies teachers select worthwhile social studies simulations are discussed. (RM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Instructional Material Evaluation
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Armstrong, David G. – Social Studies, 1984
Methods that social studies teachers can use to help elementary and secondary students overcome textbook-related vocabulary difficulties are discussed. Methods include having teachers point out specialized uses of terms, identify potential areas of confusion, provide clear instructions, and prepare glossaries. (RM)
Descriptors: Basic Vocabulary, Content Area Reading, Elementary Secondary Education, Reading Comprehension
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Stevens, Robert N.; Allen, Rodney F. – Social Studies, 1984
Five approaches to attitude change are discussed: classroom instructional models, role-playing, personal contact, media presentations, and social participation. How social studies teachers can use a combination of these approaches to improve student attitudes towards their peers who are handicapped is discussed. (RM)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Change Strategies, Disabilities
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Chiodo, John J.; Klausmeier, Robert L., Jr. – Social Studies, 1984
Students involved in acting out a role may find it hard to remember what their classmates said; student observers may focus on one roleplayer and not the others. This causes problems in the discussion stage of the roleplay. Solution: videotape the roleplaying situation. An example is provided. (RM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Role Playing, Social Studies, Teaching Methods
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Wade, Rahima C. – Social Studies, 1997
Discusses some of the cultural and logistical challenges faced by service learning projects. Theses challenges include a predisposition toward individualism over collective action, lack of time and emphasis on traditional learning. Provides strategies and approaches for overcoming these challenges. Includes a sample questionnaire for parents and…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Educational Benefits, Educational Objectives, Educational Responsibility
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Social Studies, 1997
Reprints a series of "how-to" guidelines concerning service learning from the Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CFRC). Includes a working definition of service learning, a five-step process for projects, and specific goals to be reached at each stage of the project. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education
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