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Manfra, Meghan McGlinn – Social Education, 2013
This article explores a multidisciplinary lesson on nanotechnology that can provide an effective means for teaching about both STEM and social studies topics. This approach encourages students to consider the "role that science and technology play in our lives and in our cultures." The extraordinary promise of nanotechnology, however, is…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Molecular Structure, STEM Education, Social Studies
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Marcus, Alan S. – Social Education, 2011
In the United States, the right to a fair trial is protected by the Constitution. The ideal of justice is a critical underpinning of the democracy. However, while the United States is a model of an honorable and just court system most of the time, our constitutional rights are occasionally stretched or broken. The rationale is often national…
Descriptors: National Security, Democracy, Courts, War
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Risinger, C. Frederick – Social Education, 2008
In this article, the author reviews the "Presidential Timeline" and 12 existing presidential library websites that will help teachers and students to focus on the presidency. The author found that some were much more "teacher-student friendly" than others. All of them had sections for educators, students, or researchers, but many include lesson…
Descriptors: Presidents, Government Libraries, Museums, Web Sites
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Grant, S. G. – Social Education, 2007
Although largely left out of the No Child Left Behind legislation, social studies remains a frequently tested subject on state-level standardized exams. As of 2004, 23 states conducted standards-based social studies tests, 10 of which could be considered high stakes. Where social studies will fit into the national testing picture is uncertain, but…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Testing, High Stakes Tests, Social Studies
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Epstein, Terrie; Shiller, Jessica – Social Education, 2005
State and national social studies standards have laid out what young people need to know about history, government, and other social studies subjects, but they do not provide information on what young people actually know and believe about a subject. The perspectives or frameworks of knowledge and beliefs that young people bring to their social…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Social Studies, Identification (Psychology), Racial Identification
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Guyton, Edith – Social Education, 1991
Argues that cooperative learning is useful in elementary social studies instruction. Identifies positive interdependence, student interaction, individual accountability for mastering material, and appropriate interpersonal and small group skills as essential elements of cooperative learning. Suggests that cooperative learning can help teach social…
Descriptors: Accountability, Cooperative Learning, Decision Making Skills, Educational Objectives
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Brady, H. Robert; Barth, James L. – Social Education, 1992
Discusses integration of computer-based technology into the social studies curriculum. Suggests that the developmental nature of computer integration into instruction makes quantitative hardware-based technology standards unworkable. Recommends the integration of computers into the curriculum in stages based on the degree of training of teachers…
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Computer Uses in Education, Courseware, Curriculum Development
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Wronski, Stanley P. – Social Education, 1992
Describes a sustainable planet index (SPI) to gauge the survivability of the earth ecologically and economically. Compares the SPI to the consumer price index and general business cycle theory from which it draws constructs. Suggests that the SPI exhibits properties of a sine wave and is useable in mathematical formulations, explanation, and…
Descriptors: Business Cycles, Ecology, Economic Factors, Economics
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Madaus, George F.; Kellaghan, Thomas – Social Education, 1992
Discusses plans for a national testing program and its possible effects on social studies. Expresses concern that the proposed plans avoid the issues of how and by whom curricular content is to be developed and how diversity will be accommodated. Includes discussion of the purposes, fairness, and problems inherent in the American Achievement…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Rating, Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives
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Danzer, Gerald A. – Social Education, 1991
Examines how teachers can capitalize on interest in the age of the discoveries as the five-hundredth anniversary of Columbus' first voyage approaches. Indicates that a series of articles on the discoveries is intended to offer teachers a framework of themes that can inform their conceptions of world history as a high school course. (SG)
Descriptors: Cartography, Elementary Secondary Education, Geography Instruction, Maps
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Lee, Marjorie W. – Social Education, 1991
Observes that, as families have changed over recent decades, so have their needs. Argues that social studies instruction for young students must change as well. Explores professional requirements for early childhood educators and the availability of public preschool programs. Discusses possible improvements in early childhood education in social…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Improvement, Family (Sociological Unit)
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Muir, Sharon Pray; Cheek, Helen Neely – Social Education, 1991
Argues that map skills instruction is among the broadest skill applications in the elementary school curriculum. Identifies problems encountered by elementary school children in dealing with maps and describes tasks designed to address such problems. Suggests that what teachers and curriculum developers learn from working with students can be used…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Instructional Improvement
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Platte, Stephen A. – Social Education, 1991
Discusses a method of finding and implementing articles from among the sizeable amount of professional literature regarding cooperative learning. Describes the application of three teaching models (1) jigsaw, (2) group investigation, and (3) cybernetics that apply cooperative learning to elementary and secondary social studies instruction. (SG)
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Research, Elementary School Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education
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Haas, Mary E. – Social Education, 1993
Describes an interactive problem-solving videodisc program designed for the middle schools. Explains the interdisciplinary nature of the program that includes information from astronomy, geology, history, and meteorology. Contends that the product is an excellent example of well-designed educational software. (CFR)
Descriptors: Aerospace Education, Computer Simulation, Computer Software Evaluation, Computer Uses in Education
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White, Charles S. – Social Education, 1992
Describes two video discs for classroom use. Explains that the discs present collections of still images representing Western civilization and non-European world history. Suggests that the discs be used for individual student reports or in cooperative learning groups. Discusses hardware necessary for using the materials. (DK)
Descriptors: Courseware, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, Non Western Civilization
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