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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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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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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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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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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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Kawashima-Ginsberg, Kei; Kiesa, Abby – Social Education, 2019
Young people must systematically learn to become voters, and this is especially the case for those who grow up with little to no access to structured civic opportunities like extracurricular activities and community organizing. With those principles in mind, and based on 2018 research and experience with practitioners and partners, the authors…
Descriptors: Voting, Civics, Extracurricular Activities, Community Action
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Swan, Kathy; Lee, John; Grant, S. G. – Social Education, 2019
This article discusses a new set of inquiries based on the C3 Framework that provides questions, tasks, and sources to launch classroom examinations of the Korean War and its many aftershocks. Compelling and supporting questions, formative and summative performance tasks, and disciplinary sources provide teachers and their students with the…
Descriptors: War, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students
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Barton, Keith C. – Social Education, 2019
In this article, Keith Barton shares his recent research on students' understanding of human rights. His work suggests the need for teachers to understand the significance of students' social context when teaching about human rights. His findings also indicate that students focus almost exclusively on personal as opposed to institutional actions…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Teaching Methods, Social Environment, Civics
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Gallagher, Jennifer L.; Swalwell, Katy M.; Bellows, M. Elizabeth – Social Education, 2019
Millions of teachers regularly turn to Internet sharing sites such as Pinterest and Teachers Pay Teachers for curriculum resources and ideas. While this innovative technology poses a number of advantages for teachers who are almost never given an appropriate amount of time to engage in curriculum planning, and who can supplement their…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, Social Studies, Web Sites, Critical Literacy
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