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Swan, Kathy; Crowley, Ryan; Stamoulacatos, Nick; Lewis, Bonnie; Stringer, Grant – Social Education, 2022
In this article, the authors examine one approach to teaching hard history using an Inquiry Design Model (IDM) curricular loop. A curricular loop allows students to build a deeper understanding of a complex idea and develop a greater facility with the tools of inquiry over a course of study by regularly engaging in an inquiry. The curricular loop…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Grade 8, History Instruction, Social Studies
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Lo, Jane C.; Neufeld-Kaiser, Jerry – Social Education, 2022
Project-based learning (PBL) is well known for engaging students enthusiastically and for supporting strong experiential learning. Less well known is that rigorous PBL also excels at fostering rich civic engagement--of key importance now, at a time of heightened concern about civics education. In this article, the authors will illuminate how…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Student Projects, United States Government (Course), Civics
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Perrotta, Katherine – Social Education, 2022
On a hot July day in 1854, 24-year-old schoolteacher Elizabeth Jennings, accompanied by a friend, attempted to board a horse-drawn trolley to attend Sunday church services in Lower Manhattan. The Irish conductor refused, telling Jennings, who was African American, to await a horsecar for "her people." When Jennings resisted, the…
Descriptors: Empathy, Court Litigation, United States History, African Americans
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Brillinger, Matthew; Soroko, Agata – Social Education, 2022
This article explores the extent to which official social studies curriculum documents acknowledge difficult questions raised by the persistence of poverty in the United States. As it turns out, just as some parts of social studies curricula tell distorted stories about U.S. history, other parts tell misleading stories about the nation's present…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Course Content, Poverty, United States History
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Drake, Janine Giordano; Cohen, Robert – Social Education, 2022
If high school history courses are meant to introduce students to the paradoxes and debates of American history, then they should study the 1619 Project, the authors argue in this article. College history students regularly debate the extent to which slavery was formative to the development of American systems of law, business, medicine, religion…
Descriptors: High School Students, History Instruction, United States History, African American History
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Rubin, Edward L. – Social Education, 2022
Modern people work in massive factories or offices for remotely managed corporations and need protection in their capacity as employees. Instead of locally made or distributed products, they buy mass market goods manufactured hundreds or thousands of miles away and need protection in their capacity as consumers. And as industrial production…
Descriptors: Manufacturing, Pollution, Public Agencies, Federal Government
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Manfra, Meghan; Grant, Meghan; Turcol, Kasey; Boop, Lauren; Beller, David; Grow, Mark; Grondziowski, Anthony – Social Education, 2021
A full year after the COVID-19 crisis began, most schools are still offering instruction completely online or via hybrid models. As educators were forced to quickly adjust to the new digital environment of education, the nation faced an unprecedented series of social crises, including rising unemployment and economic disparities, racial…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Electronic Learning, Educational Resources, Internet
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Lee, Benjamin Charles Germain; Berson, Ilene R.; Berson, Michael J. – Social Education, 2021
When digital assistants are used to process search queries, generate driving directions, or answer voice commands, advanced technologies gather available data and use this information to perform tasks that require decision making and problem solving. These examples of machine learning have become commonplace in our everyday lives. Machine learning…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Artificial Intelligence, Influence of Technology, Media Literacy
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Holder, Kim; Niederjohn, Scott – Social Education, 2021
This article focuses on the major national economic indicators and how they changed over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. The indicators that are discussed include Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the unemployment rate, interest rates, inflation, and other variations of these measures. The authors also present data that sheds light on the…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Economic Impact, Economics Education
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Schug, Mark C. – Social Education, 2021
While both the 1918 influenza (aka Spanish flu) and the 2020 COVID-19 pandemics were devastating, the 1918 influenza pandemic was considered worse. Its origins are still debated, but it was first identified in the United States at Fort Riley, an Army base in Kansas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an estimated…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Comparative Analysis, Incidence
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Swan, Kathleen; Crowley, Ryan; Grant, S. G.; Lee, John; Swan, Gerry; Stivers, Callaway; Sweeney, Gates – Social Education, 2021
The "College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards" (NCSS, 2013) places inquiry at the center of good social studies teaching and learning. Instead of social studies courses that emphasize rote memorization through the use of textbooks and lecture-based instruction, the C3 Framework asks teachers to…
Descriptors: Social Studies, State Standards, Teaching Methods, Learning Processes
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Schur, Joan Brodsky – Social Education, 2021
Most of what students discuss and write in school is in response to questions their teachers pose. Class discussion usually revolves around teacher-generated inquiries. On homework assignments, teachers design questions to assess students' reading comprehension, or to foster their ability to synthesize information. However, it is important that…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Group Discussion, Questioning Techniques, Teaching Methods
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Tyner, Adam; Kabourek, Sarah – Social Education, 2021
Improving the reading ability of young students could hardly be a more urgent priority for our elementary schools. Two thirds of American fourth and eighth graders are not able to read proficiently--and the outcomes are far worse for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The National Assessment of Educational Progress in 2019 showed that only…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Elementary School Students, Literacy, Reading Skills
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Howard, Tyrone C.; Lyons, Tr'Vel – Social Education, 2021
In this article, the authors aim to provide best practices for enhancing the educational experiences of Black males. They champion recommendations marked imperative by impactful scholarship focused on the achievement of equity in education and by the studies that speak to the resilience of Black males and the rich experiences they bring to the…
Descriptors: Student Experience, African American Students, Males, African American Teachers
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Lo, Jane C. – Social Education, 2021
Built as a national effort to promote excellence in history and civics for all learners, Educating for American Democracy (EAD) brought together content experts, civic education organizations, and school district leaders to identify and outline disciplinary concepts that are essential for robust civic education. The EAD steering committee sought…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Democracy, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation
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