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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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Muetterties, Carly; Swan, Kathy – Social Education, 2019
Change comes when individuals transform themselves first and then move outward into the world. The C3 Framework lays out a vision for civic action within Dimension 4 of the Inquiry Arc in a section titled "Taking Informed Action." The Framework emphasizes that "It is important to note that taking informed action … should be grounded…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Activism, Social Action, Civics
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Fraker, Jennifer; Muetterties, Carly; Swan, Gerry; Swan, Kathy – Social Education, 2019
In this article, the authors tackle the tension between a fact-based civics test and inquiry-based teaching and learning. The authors begin with a short history on the civics test and the new standards in Kentucky before turning their attention to one approach to the civics test using an Inquiry Design Model (IDM) inquiry--"Does the civics…
Descriptors: Civics, Active Learning, Inquiry, Social Studies
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Crowley, Ryan M.; King, LaGarrett J. – Social Education, 2018
Critical theory is one of the predominant schools of thought in the social sciences. Like all theory, it is a framework used for explaining--and examining--something about the world. Critical theory pays special attention to the social world, focusing on the hierarchical nature of social relations and examining how these unequal power…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Critical Theory, Teaching Methods, Interpersonal Relationship
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Sheffield, Caroline C.; Swan, Stephen B. – Social Education, 2012
Historical reenactments are a frequently utilized active learning strategy that encourages students to engage in historical thinking. They require students to critically read and synthesize information, consider multiple perspectives, and write a coherent narrative demonstrating an understanding of the time period, event, and the individuals…
Descriptors: Cultural Activities, History Instruction, Role Playing, Video Technology
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Risinger, C. Frederick – Social Education, 2011
In this article, the author points out that there are important national efforts to upgrade and transform the use of technology in schools. Last year, the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy released its report: "Informing Communities; Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age." In late 2010, the U.S.…
Descriptors: Information Needs, Technology Planning, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Hussey, Michael; Eder, Elizabeth K. – Social Education, 2010
"Mr. President, It is my Desire to be free," wrote Annie Davis to Abraham Lincoln, 20 months after he issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The Emancipation Proclamation affected only those parts of the country that were in rebellion against the United States on the date it was issued, January 1, 1863. The slaveholding border states of…
Descriptors: United States History, Slavery, Letters (Correspondence), Presidents
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Swan, Kathy; Hofer, Mark; Swan, Gerry; Mazur, Joan – Social Education, 2010
Podcasting remains one of the hot "buzz words" in technology today--both in and out of schools. For high school economics teachers, there is a growing number of podcasts targeted for instruction on economics. While the podcasts can be useful resources for teachers trying to enhance students' economic thinking, they are not produced…
Descriptors: Economics Education, Economics, Handheld Devices, Audio Equipment