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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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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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Dague, Christopher T. – Social Education, 2020
With concerns over student motivation, it helps to look inward at how teachers' instructional methods and professional practices impact students. Keeping this context in mind, teachers should also recognize that they are teaching and learning in a new era--one where "read-the-chapter-and-answer-the-questionsin-the-back" pedagogies are no…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Social Studies, High School Teachers
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Birnbaum, Nicholas – Social Education, 2020
Data on age and sex composition are some of the most basic statistics a nation can collect about its people. They are determined by births, deaths, and migration and, in turn, affect other demographic characteristics such as fertility rates and regional changes in population (increases or decreases). In fact, both of these are the two constants…
Descriptors: Census Figures, Futures (of Society), Trend Analysis, Age Groups
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Heafner, Tina Lane – Social Education, 2020
This article, which was completed in January 2020, expands the author's presidential address, which was delivered at the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, on November 22, 2019. In her address, Heafner discusses the new ecology of social studies and focuses on concerns over the civic health of our…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Activism, Conferences (Gatherings), Speeches
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Swan, Kathy; Crowley, Ryan; Swan, Gerry – Social Education, 2020
Students are taught about the foundations of inquiry--questions, tasks, and sources--and how to build inquiry-based curriculum and instructional strategies for social studies. They begin their student teaching experiences knowing the difference between a compelling and supporting question, the role of a formative and summative performance task,…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Teaching Methods
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Berson, Michael J.; Berson, Ilene R. – Social Education, 2020
The reality is that digital archives are fragile. Many people appreciate how information technology has revolutionized their lives but have spent little time reflecting on the historical significance of the migration from a print-based to a digital society. In the 100th year of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), it seems timely to…
Descriptors: History, Memory, Obsolescence, Technology
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Walsh-Moorman, Elizabeth – Social Education, 2020
In this article, the author shares the results of a case study that explored how using student-produced video essays supported historical thinking. The goal of this study was to explore the intersection of historical literacies in relationship with digital practices and see how digital literacies might be used to engage students' historical…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Student Developed Materials, History, Video Technology
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Goldberg, Tsafrir – Social Education, 2020
Difficult histories expose learners to historical suffering and victimization that constitute a collective trauma. The difficulty stems from the strong emotional reactions or ethical responses learners may evince, undermining their trust in security and morality of this world. However, difficult histories may also expose learners to instances in…
Descriptors: Self Esteem, Victims, Trauma, Emotional Response
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Krutka, Daniel G. – Social Education, 2020
In the United States, people have long had a tendency to see the immediate, personal benefits of new technologies as contributing to human progress well before understanding their long-term social consequences. Facebook offers an instructive (and destructive) example. Facebook has failed to build infrastructural safeguards or accept the ethical…
Descriptors: Social Media, Social Problems, Ethics, Social Studies
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Ihrig, Jane; Wolla, Scott – Social Education, 2020
The Federal Reserve (the Fed) is the central bank of the United States. It has a congressional mandate to promote maximum sustainable employment and price stability. In normal times, the Fed seeks to achieve this mandate by setting the position or "stance" of monetary policy, primarily by managing the level of short-term interest rates.…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Federal Government, Economic Climate, Employment
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Heafner, Tina L. – Social Education, 2020
The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation's Report Card, is the most comprehensive measure of student learning, and is widely considered the gold standard for empirically measuring trends in student achievement outcomes in the United States. The NAEP data for 2018, which were released on April 23, 2020, offer…
Descriptors: National Competency Tests, Social Studies, Grade 8, Scores
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Swan, Kathy; Danner, Andrew; Hawkins, Meghan; Grant, S. G.; Lee, John – Social Education, 2020
When the pandemic shut schools down in the spring, teachers mobilized the educational home front and taught themselves how to navigate familiar and unfamiliar instructional challenges in the virtual classroom using the online platform Zoom. Now, teachers and students are in a new school year, amidst a raging pandemic, and witnessing some of the…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Inquiry, Active Learning, Teaching Methods
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Social Education, 2020
In March 2020, schools across the country were forced almost overnight to shut their doors in an urgent effort to slow the spread of the deadly Coronavirus (Covid-19). Within weeks or even days, teachers scrambled to move their classes online, and schools rushed to ensure that students had Internet access and computers. For this May/June issue of…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Distance Education, School Closing
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