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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Asserts that, in the social studies classroom, students' participation in language activities in which form, function, and audience are varied is a crucial dimension of their becoming effective citizens. Includes a table listing linguist Michael Halliday's seven purposes of language accompanied by classroom examples of each. (MJP)
Descriptors: Citizenship, Class Activities, Communication (Thought Transfer), Elementary Secondary Education
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Questions the use and adaptation of computers in the classroom as a panacea for all educational ills. Specifically notes that much of the nature and content of social studies instruction requires class interaction rather than computer instruction. Praises computers as instructional supplements rather than substitutes. (MJP)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Computer Attitudes, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Environment
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Recommends using "Readers' Theater" as an interdisciplinary approach to social studies. Maintains that the format lends itself to the examination of social issues and current events while it provides opportunities for a variety of learning styles. Briefly discusses Jan Truss' book, "A Very Small Rebellion." (MJP)
Descriptors: Creative Teaching, Curriculum Enrichment, Drama, Elementary Secondary Education
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Identifies "dummy runs" as those educational approaches and exercises that are unrelated to any real-life experience or goal. For example, writing a model business letter to a fictitious business. Maintains that social studies educators should avoid this approach and emphasize "real world" relevance and citizenship education.…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1994
Examines recent developments related to the teaching of values in public schools. Maintains that the character education movement supports direct teaching of a set of core values designed to foster civic virtue. Discusses the "six pillars of character" being promoted in the United States by the Character Education Partnership. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Democratic Values, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1994
Discusses language across the curriculum movement and its impact on current social studies teaching. Asserts that social studies as a form of literacy means being able to understand the world from multiple perspectives. Recommends that social studies teachers implement inquiry and language principles across the curriculum. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Philosophy, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education