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O'Connor, Katherine A.; Heafner, Tina; Groce, Eric – Social Education, 2007
This article illustrates the efforts of educators in North Carolina to advocate for the social studies in an age of high-stakes assessment and tight budgets. Although this story begins with one state, the marginalization of social studies in elementary schools is a nationwide problem. The federal No Child Left Behind law (NCLB) is due for…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Social Studies, Elementary Education, Advocacy
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Senn, Peter R. – Social Education, 1983
Checklists cover six important dimensions of computer use in social studies: (1) what a computer can do to achieve educational goals, (2) planning for implementation, (3) major modes of computer uses in education, (4) important qualities, (5) technical features of good educational computer programs, and (6) checking out software. (RM)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Literacy, Computer Managed Instruction
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Rawitsch, Don – Social Education, 1983
Many of the factors that go into evaluating computer courseware are the same ones educators have been applying to all instructional materials long before computers entered the classroom. Discussed are some effective ways for locating computer courseware and instruction and computer related evaluation factors. (RM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria
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Deluca, Nicholas M. – Social Education, 1983
Six concerns that an administrator would have about the introduction and adoption of computers in the social studies classroom would include teacher acceptance, relationship to the existing instructional structure, client demand and support, school board commitment, realistic expectations, and software development. (RM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Board of Education Policy, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Programs
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Ochoa, Anna S.; Strasheim, Lorraine A. – Social Education, 1983
Social studies and foreign language teachers are undertaking active cooperative efforts at the state, district, and school levels because they recognize that language competence and understanding of the world are both necessary for global literacy. In the future additional cooperative projects will emerge. (AM)
Descriptors: Educational Cooperation, Elementary Secondary Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Language Teachers
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Cole, Paul – Social Education, 1982
Discusses two approaches for teaching labor studies at the elementary secondary levels: elective courses and the infusion of labor topics into existing curricula. Sources of classroom materials are listed. (AM)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elective Courses, Elementary Secondary Education, Fused Curriculum
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Garcia, Jesus; Garcia, Ricardo – Social Education, 1980
Presents a brief overview of ethnic material available to elementary school social studies classroom teachers, suggests criteria for selection of materials, presents examples of ethnic materials on different complexity levels, and gives some general pointers to teachers on what to avoid when selecting ethnic materials. (DB)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Elementary Education, Ethnic Studies
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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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Allen, Michael G. – Social Education, 1988
Offers a series of recommendations for middle grades social studies reflecting a conscious commitment to three educational goals: (1) personal development; (2) communication and learning skills; and (3) on history, government, and geography; use of a variety of teaching methods; and recognition of the uniqueness of middle school students. (GEA)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Improvement, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools
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Wicks, Raymond E. – Social Education, 1986
These guidelines are designed to help teachers, school administrators, parents, and students investigate and select foreign excursion programs. The guidelines consist of a series of statements concerning the organization and operation of travel or study programs. (RM)
Descriptors: Cultural Exchange, Exchange Programs, Guidelines, Intercultural Programs
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Gifford, Bernard R.; Gillett, Paula – Social Education, 1986
Examines the challenges the new immigration presents to the public schools. Offers successful responses to these challenges and identifies positive contributions which may result from recent immigration trends. (JDH)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Bilingual Education, Citizenship Education, Civics
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Wilson, Angene – Social Education, 1986
Describes ways in which schools can help immigrant children overcome refugee trauma, differences in language, culture, religion, and problems arising because of social stratification and prejudice in American society. Reviews the benefits derived by all students from successful educational practices. (JDH)
Descriptors: Acculturation, Bilingual Education, Citizenship Education, Civics
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Wooster, Judith S. – Social Education, 1992
Discusses the Columbian Quincentenary statement of the National Council for the Social Studies. Recommends that key ideas and basic knowledge of the statement be used to evaluate instructional materials. Suggests questions developed from the ideas in the statement. Includes interconnectedness of world history and effect on Native Americans and…
Descriptors: American Indians, Blacks, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction
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Rose, Stephen A.; And Others – Social Education, 1984
Guidelines developed by the National Council for the Social Studies to help teachers eveluate and select social studies microcomputer software are presented. The guidelines are organized around three areas: knowledge, skills, and values. Additional systems for evaluating technical and instructional computer courseware issues are cited. (RM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria
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Bredhoff, Stacey; Schamel, Wynell – Social Education, 1998
Profiles a series of teaching activities that uses reproductions of entries from President Harry Truman's diary. The activities include content analysis and related research projects. Includes several reproductions of entries describing Truman's frustration with Congress, and his loneliness as his wife and daughter fulfilled other commitments.…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Diaries, Government Publications, Instructional Materials
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