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Jessica B. Schocker; Justin De Senso – Social Studies, 2024
This article explores how primary sources can be used to teach students about race and racism. Researchers co-taught a general education class on Critical Race Theory and utilized a combination of primary and secondary sources. This article includes a review of relevant literature that informed the development of this class and one major…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, General Education, Critical Race Theory, Primary Sources
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Lin Wu; Kenneth T. Carano – Social Studies, 2024
During the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-Asian violence in the United States has risen significantly. Many Asian American students have been disproportionately harassed in schools and fear resuming in-person learning. Thus, educators must resist returning to the old normal. Instead, they can reimagine the pandemic as a portal to justice for Asian…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Asian American Students, Educational History
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Neil O. Houser – Social Studies, 2024
In addition to the continuing need for citizens who can address the challenges of "human" communities, growing concerns have arisen regarding "all" life on the planet. Indeed, one of our most urgent conditions is the decline of the environment upon which all life depends. Yet, despite our concerns, there remain vastly differing…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Social Studies, Simulation
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Hani Morgan – Social Studies, 2024
Recent surveys suggest that the anti-Asian attacks that began during the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to occur. One of the ways school leaders can respond to this problem is by implementing ethnic studies courses. Unfortunately, organizers of social movements sometimes thwart efforts to increase ethnic studies courses, claiming that this type of…
Descriptors: Ethnic Studies, Curriculum Implementation, Asian Americans, Racism
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Houser, Neil O. – Social Studies, 2023
Social studies educators have long advocated using history and the social sciences for the development of citizens. However, vigorous debate continues over what kinds of citizens are needed and who should decide. Where does this leave us as social studies teachers and scholars? And where does it leave our students? In this paper, I argue that…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Educational Philosophy, Teacher Attitudes, Citizenship Education
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Kaka, Sarah J.; Hollstein, Matthew – Social Studies, 2023
This paper examines data from a statewide survey of K-12 social studies teachers in one midwestern state regarding their perceptions on the ways in which they integrate issues of race and justice into their classes, or their reasons for not doing so in their role as Instructional Gatekeeper.
Descriptors: Social Studies, Teacher Role, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Morris, Ronald V. – Social Studies, 2023
Students used inquiry to invest folklore in their community. As part of the C3 inquiry arc students defined questions, connected folklore to a discipline, gathered data from their community and communicated information. Students' agency drove each of the projects as the students determined how much they would investigate each topic. Students…
Descriptors: Folk Culture, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Personal Autonomy
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Niederjohn, M. Scott; Schug, Mark C.; Wood, William C. – Social Studies, 2023
Years ago, it became established that the severity and length of the Great Depression were due largely to misguided Federal Reserve monetary policy and the resulting catastrophic bank failures. This result is confirmed by surveys of scholars in the area and books specifically written on economic history. Yet the leading textbooks used in high…
Descriptors: History Instruction, United States History, Economic Climate, Textbooks
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Popa, Nathalie – Social Studies, 2023
The aim of this article is to present a pedagogical approach for history education. This approach is called Meaningful History and it outlines the process by which upper-level secondary history students can cultivate historical consciousness. Based on the notion of learning as meaning making and historical consciousness as a disposition to engage…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students, Instructional Design
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Hilburn, Jeremy; Maguth, Brad M.; Jacobs, Kaylee; Parra, Heather – Social Studies, 2023
In February 2019, two nations with the largest nuclear arsenals announced their withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Russia's interference in U.S. elections and the invasion of Ukraine has exacerbated tensions between the U.S. and Russia. These actions bring renewed attention to nuclear nonproliferation efforts…
Descriptors: Weapons, International Relations, Treaties, War
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Morris, Ronald V.; Downard, Samie; Holzapfel, Jackie; Shockley, Denise – Social Studies, 2023
Students learned to perform first-person presentation to display information researched through an inquiry process. Teachers helped students learn inquiry during instructional time. Teachers, parents, and guardians worked together to support student learning in a high poverty and low educational attainment Appalachian community. The character the…
Descriptors: Public Speaking, Inquiry, Grade 1, Elementary School Students
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Clabough, Jeremiah; Sheffield, Caroline – Social Studies, 2023
This six-day research project examined the potential for how trade books and primary sources can be used in concert with each other to develop middle school students' disciplinary thinking skills in the manners advocated for in the C3 Framework. The project was focused on the trade book "Thurgood," a picture book biography about Supreme…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Books, Civics, Literacy Education
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Cunningham, Chad M.; Kohlmeier, Jada – Social Studies, 2023
This article explores how middle school students envision their communities through an in-depth community mapping project. The research explores the extent of students' sense of their community while prompting them to define what community means and whether it is valued by students. The project also seeks to understand students' sense of belonging…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Projects, Citizenship Education, Sense of Community
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Sardone, Nancy B. – Social Studies, 2023
Looking at the effects of globalization from numerous perspectives: economic, spatial, cultural, and environmental, it has become abundantly clear that today's students must possess geographic knowledge and associated skills to be prepared for civic life and informed decision-making. However, the current state of geographic proficiency among U.S.…
Descriptors: State Standards, Educational Games, Geography, Elementary School Students
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Almazroui, Karima Matar – Social Studies, 2023
Project-based learning (PBL) is a relatively recent innovation in teaching methodology that uses real-world learning activities to engage student interest and motivation. PBL equips students with skills necessary for the current job market: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. This paper provides an overview of PBL,…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Active Learning, Moral Values, Moral Development
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