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Pollock, Scott A. – Canadian Social Studies, 2013
This paper compares two attempts by the author to teach two different grade 12 world history classes to think historically. Both classes were presented with a similar assignment that revolved around the conflicting historical accounts of Christopher Columbus. However, the second group of students was also provided with direct instruction about the…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Grade 12, Secondary School Teachers, Teaching Methods
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Brown, Sarah Drake; Swope, John – Canadian Social Studies, 2010
Content area reading remains a primary concern of history educators. In order to better prepare students for encounters with text, the authors propose the use of two image analysis strategies tied with a historical theme to heighten student interest in historical content and provide a basis for improved reading comprehension.
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Content Area Reading, Student Interests, History Instruction
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von Heyking, Amy – Canadian Social Studies, 2004
Two important developments have occurred in the field of history education that have had important implications for elementary school teachers. First, our understanding of history as a discipline reflects a new understanding about the nature and purpose of history teaching. Second, we have a better understanding of the cognitive capacities of…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Elementary School Students, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Ability
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Wright, Ian – Canadian Social Studies, 1996
Considers the ubiquitous use of textbooks in social studies classrooms and recommends constructing critical-thinking exercises revealing textual bias. Suggested exercises concern issues of emotional or ambiguous language, geographic and cultural inclusion/exclusion, and accuracy of data. Includes several examples of critical-thinking activities.…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Critical Thinking, Foreign Countries, Instructional Improvement
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McKay, Roberta – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Critiques a survey of Canadian citizens' civics knowledge for its "Trivial Pursuit" style of questions and the conclusions drawn from the results by the survey sponsors. Argues that a responsible democratic citizenry must display higher cognitive skills than factual recall and that these skills are not measured by the survey. (DSK)
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civics
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Freese, John R. – Canadian Social Studies, 1998
Discusses Benjamin Bloom's taxonomy of thinking skills and applies concepts from this framework to social studies instruction. Attempts to connect all six levels of Bloom's taxonomy to social studies instruction and assessment. Provides a concrete example of an instructional method that integrates the multiple stages of cognition described by…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Critical Thinking, Curriculum Design, Curriculum Development
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Case, Roland; Wright, Ian – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Argues that attempts to incorporate critical-thinking skills into social studies instruction have been negligible. Outlines a framework for effectively helping students to become better thinkers that utilizes a model from the Critical Thinking Cooperative. The model considers such pedagogical factors as background knowledge, habits of mind, and…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Philosophy
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Paul, Richard – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Reviews some of the basic tenets of critical thinking as it applies to social studies, especially those articulated in Roland Case's and Ian Wright's article, "Taking Seriously the Teaching of Critical Thinking." Praises the article but suggests that it would be improved by tightening the central focus. (MJP)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Criticism, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment
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Schwartz, Phyllis – Canadian Social Studies, 1997
Describes two classroom activities that introduce critical-thinking skills into social studies instruction. One is a debate, followed by position papers, on the contribution of Christopher Columbus. The other is a simulation of a Constitutional Amendment conference. Discusses which parts of the lessons specifically focus on critical-thinking…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Debate, Elementary Education, Evaluative Thinking
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Farnworth, George M. – Canadian Social Studies, 1992
Suggests that, because both history and computers are information based, there is an natural link between the two. Argues that history teachers should exploit the technology to help students to understand history while they become computer literate. Points out uses for databases, word processing, desktop publishing, and telecommunications in…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, History
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Bialystok, Franklin – Canadian Social Studies, 1995
Maintains that the Holocaust is an integral part of the Canadian secondary history and social science curriculum. Asserts that pedagogical considerations for the Holocaust should not differ from the study of other major events. Discusses content selection, skill development, appropriate resources, and student sensitivities. (CFR)
Descriptors: Anti Semitism, Cognitive Processes, Curriculum Development, Educational Change
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Orr, Jeff – Canadian Social Studies, 1994
Proposes ways in which the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's documentary series, "The Valour and the Horror," can be used to develop students' critical thinking skills. Asserts that the issues of historical accuracy provide excellent opportunities to discuss historiography, the role of the media in society, and human rights during…
Descriptors: Armed Forces, Bias, Broadcast Industry, Civil Liberties