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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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Ellis, Justine Esta; Marcus, Benjamin Pietro – Social Education, 2019
What does religious studies education aim to teach? For years, this question has confounded educators and policymakers within the United States. To exacerbate matters, a common yet problematic narrative has emerged: content knowledge and skills are at odds with each other. In one camp, the story goes, are those who emphasize the…
Descriptors: Religion Studies, Social Studies, Multiple Literacies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Niederjohn, M. Scott; Holder, Kim – Social Education, 2019
Can teachers promote true economic understanding among students by adding a dose of psychology? Fans of behavioral economics, with its unique blend of psychology and economics, think so. Blending a bit of behavioral economics into social studies lessons provides answers to the ever-present questions that permeate every classroom,"What does…
Descriptors: Consumer Economics, Economics Education, Social Studies, Bias
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Hammond, Thomas C.; Oltman, Julia; Salter, Shannon – Social Education, 2019
The social studies curriculum travels through time and space and is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. To an outsider, the social studies curriculum is a single line on a program of studies, 45 minutes of a student's school day. Those on the inside, however, know that the field covers history, geography, civics, economics, and much…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Time, Problem Solving, Teaching Methods
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Wolla, Scott; Schug, Mark C.; Wood, William C. – Social Education, 2019
Advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology and related fields like robotics have made it possible that automated systems will reach and then exceed human performance on more and more tasks. The affected fields span the economy, from health and education to energy and the environment. In this article, the authors define AI and provide some…
Descriptors: Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Automation, Economic Impact
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Manfra, Meghan McGlinn – Social Education, 2019
As society continues to confront the implications of fake news and misinformation for American democracy, particularly the effects on public institutions, it is natural to turn to examples from the past. Digital libraries and archives provide students with unprecedented access to media from the past. Digital history includes the raw materials of…
Descriptors: Media Literacy, Archives, Electronic Libraries, History Instruction
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Jandali, Ameena; Millstein, Henry – Social Education, 2019
Bullying is a prevalent and growing problem in American schools, impacting students of all ages and backgrounds. Bullying is defined as "unwanted, aggressive behavior among school-aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time." Students are…
Descriptors: Bullying, Minority Group Students, Religious Cultural Groups, Asian American Students
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