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ERIC Number: EJ1024384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Technology: A Position Statement of National Council for the Social Studies
Social Education, v77 n3 p160-162 May-Jun 2013
Technological change has proven one of the few constants of the early 21st century, providing social studies educators with the challenge and opportunity of preparing digital citizens in a global setting. This requires rethinking the type of social studies learning necessary in the 21st century. As the National Academies concluded in the "Education for Life and Work" report, "the process of deeper learning is essential for the development of transferable 21st century competencies" and "the application of 21st century competencies in turn supports the process of deeper learning, in a recursive, mutually reinforcing cycle." Social studies educators already have identified what characterizes deeper or powerful social studies learning. What now is necessary is bringing this vision of powerful social studies education into the 21st century. In this position statement, the National Council for the Social Studies makes the following recommendations for social studies educators to achieve this goal: (1) Establish guidelines for the promotion of media literacy and related research skills in social studies; (2) Rethink the curricular role of society, technology, and science, and related themes, in the National Standards for Social Studies; (3) Adapt social studies' civic and socialization role to blended and online places; (4) Determine ways to best enable children and youth to translate their informal, socially oriented democratic experiences into a more academic, civically oriented setting; and (5) Promote the integration by pre-K-16 educators of technology into student learning.
National Council for the Social Studies. 8555 Sixteenth Street #500, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Tel: 800-683-0812; Tel: 301-588-1800; Fax: 301-588-2049; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: Preschool Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A