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Shaffer, Robert – Social Education, 2016
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist who for three decades has won office as an Independent, has put "socialism" back in American political discourse. Sanders's campaign in the 2016 Democratic Party primaries reminds educators that there is a socialist tradition in American politics and society. This article discusses…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Social Studies, Public Officials, Political Campaigns
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Justice, Benjamin; Stanley, Jason – Social Education, 2016
This article discusses how the divisive rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald Trump presents a challenge for teachers covering the presidential primaries in their classrooms. This article discusses democracy and the challenge of demagoguery, as well as pedagogical issues that teachers face while teaching in the time of Trump. The article…
Descriptors: Presidents, Teaching Methods, Democracy, Attribution Theory
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Levy, Brett L. M. – Social Education, 2016
These days it is hard not to notice that there is an election going on. Whether glancing at a newspaper, flipping on the TV, or just walking down the street, we see ads and information nearly everywhere. In 2012, my research team's study involving hundreds of adolescents found that the mass media's increased attention to politics can contribute to…
Descriptors: Elections, Political Candidates, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Seow, Tricia; Chang, Julian – Social Education, 2016
In this article, the authors suggest a project that social studies teachers can do with students, using the location of the school as a starting point to address the inquiry question: "Whose place is this space?" They provide resources, such as a sample case study and worksheets, to conduct a field-based exercise so that students can…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Place Based Education, Inquiry, Field Instruction
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Nelson, Catherine Awsumb – Social Education, 2016
The C3LC project produced a distinct body of knowledge and resources for teachers, which have been reflected in the contents of this special issue of Social Education. The project also provided important lessons about professional learning through teacher-driven collaborative inquiry. I will summarize some of the most important ones in this…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Teaching Methods, Teamwork, Teacher Role
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Parker, Walter C.; Lo, Jane C. – Social Education, 2016
The past 15 years have seen a wealth of civic education initiatives. States have passed supportive laws, a blue-ribbon commission has identified best practices, and new programs are blossoming. Some emphasize knowing, and others emphasize doing; some are geared to academic learning about government and politics, while others emphasize…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Citizen Participation, Instructional Design
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Sigward, Dan – Social Education, 2016
This lesson prompts students to explore the ways that individuals, groups, communities, and nations define who belongs and who does not. The outlined activities examine what it means to belong by introducing the idea of a "universe of obligation," the term sociologist Helen Fein coined to describe the circle of individuals and groups…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Citizenship Responsibility, Social Responsibility, Case Studies
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Daneels, Mary Ellen – Social Education, 2016
The College, Career and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards published by the National Council for the Social Studies advocates the need for students not just to acquire and produce knowledge, but also to live a life of active engagement in the workings of our democracy. Dimension Four of the C3 Framework articulates this…
Descriptors: Social Action, Social Studies, State Standards, Democracy
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Valbuena, Rebecca; Roy, Anthony – Social Education, 2016
Teachers already know that students need the skills necessary to think critically, work with others and express ideas, but often wonder how they can ensure a painless, successful professional development experience that puts the learner at the center and models best practices? They also ask how the outcomes of these fruitful professional learning…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Inquiry
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Griffin, Susan – Social Education, 2016
Alarmed by the possibility of social studies being overlooked in this context of new national disciplinary standards, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools convened a meeting of 15 national organizations representing civics, economics, geography, and history, to begin a conversation about…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Social Studies, National Organizations, Common Core State Standards
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Heafner, Tina L.; Handler, Laura K.; Journell, Wayne – Social Education, 2016
Social studies teachers often find themselves in search of professional development that transforms lessons from facts, figures, and boldfaced vocabulary to lessons that develop the sophisticated thinking skills students need to make sense of the social issues of one's everyday world. Furthermore, teachers want their own learning to be similar to…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Faculty Development, Program Design, Inquiry
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Holland, Brooks – Social Education, 2016
Students get a valuable opportunity to debate the significance and purpose of Miranda rights by examining the Supreme Court case that led to the warning that police routinely issue.
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Court Litigation, Criminal Law, Law Related Education
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Killham, Jennifer E.; Chandler, Prentice – Social Education, 2016
An examination in the classroom of well-chosen tweets not only illustrates how social media engages citizens in participatory democracy, but can spark enriching debates on current events.
Descriptors: Social Media, History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
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Sperry, Chris; Baker, Frank W. – Social Education, 2016
Media literacy expands the traditional concept of literacy to include the forms of communication that dominate the lives of our students. If our students are to be literate, we must teach them the skills and habits of literacy for print and non-print mediated messages. This National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) position statement…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Social Studies, National Organizations, Printed Materials
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Heafner, Tina L.; Zimmerman, Aaron; Triplett, Nicholas; Journell, Wayne – Social Education, 2016
In seeking a disciplinary literacy model that would enable students to express well-developed perspectives and argue contrasting views with the sound use of evidence, the authors developed a student-driven model that emphasized historical investigation, offered substance, and scaffolded reading and writing. To support their project, they created…
Descriptors: Literacy Education, United States History, Grade 8, High School Students
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