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Heafner, Tina L. – Social Studies, 2018
Adding instructional time and holding teachers accountable for teaching social studies are touted as practical, logical steps toward reforming the age-old tradition of marginalization. This qualitative case study of an urban elementary school, examines how nine teachers and one administrator enacted district reforms that added 45 minutes to the…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Barriers, English, Language Arts
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He, Ye; Journell, Wayne; Faircloth, Josh – Social Studies, 2018
In this article we highlight elements of culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy that prepare teachers to work with English Learners (ELs) from a variety of backgrounds. Specifically, we focus on the learning experiences and practices of one secondary social studies teacher to explore promising practices with ELs and effective teacher…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Communication, Academic Discourse
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Byrd, Marie; Varga, Bretton A. – Social Studies, 2018
The manifestation of Campbell's Law is examined in light of the current era in American public schools of high stakes testing inclusive of narrowed curriculums and teaching to the test. The decades-long practice of reducing instructional time of non-tested subjects, which includes social studies fundamentals, has resulted in a less informed…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Public Education, Citizenship Education, High Stakes Tests
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Morris, Ronald V. – Social Studies, 2018
Middle school students learned about their community when they created documentaries as part of a state bicentennial celebration. Students gathered multiple primary and secondary resources and worked with community members to interview them for their perspectives through video presentations as part of the inquiry process. Students work with local…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Research, Documentaries, Local History
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Neumann, David – Social Studies, 2018
Teachers often respond to the perils of teaching about religion by simply avoiding the subject. An investigation of secondary lesson plans on three prominent Martin Luther King, Jr. websites reveals little attention to the ideology of the civil rights movement, especially those touching on religious ideas. Ignoring King's religious views risks…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Clergy, Religion, Religious Factors
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Anderson, Derek L.; Zyhowski, Joni – Social Studies, 2018
This case study investigated how two 8th-grade teachers planned for, delivered, and reflected on their teaching of the 2016 Presidential Election. Data sources included classroom observations, teacher interviews, and lesson plans. Despite integrating student-centered lessons about the election with social and political events in US History from…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Lesson Plans, Teaching Methods, Observation
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Payne, Katherina Ann – Social Studies, 2018
Civic education for our youngest citizens faces two challenges if we want to imagine new possibilities. First, the field of social studies uses frames of analyzing citizenship education based on studies of older students. Second, predetermined adult ideas (and ideals) of what it means to act civically dominate our conceptions of civic education…
Descriptors: Young Children, Civics, Social Studies, Citizenship Education
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Demoiny, Sara B.; Ferraras-Stone, Jessica – Social Studies, 2018
In this article the authors demonstrate how pairing master and counter narrative picture books, along with critical literacy practices, can be used to enhance the social studies curriculum outlined by state standards taught in today's elementary schools. These intentional book pairings allow students to grapple with what history truly means and to…
Descriptors: Critical Literacy, Social Studies, Picture Books, Elementary Schools
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Smith, Bryan – Social Studies, 2018
In this article I explore an often overlooked feature of everyday life that can serve as a powerful heuristic for students to engage history and geography critically: everyday place-names. Drawing on scholarship in critical toponymy, I explore how the city-text--the past as it is overlaid on top of the geography of the community through…
Descriptors: Geography, Heuristics, Social Studies, Critical Thinking
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Boehm, Richard G.; Solem, Michael; Zadrozny, Joann – Social Studies, 2018
The Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education and National Center for Research in Geography Education propose a new framework for geography called Powerful Geography, which revolutionizes the traditional notion of standards in geography education. Combining Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum's principles of human capabilities, Michael Young's theory…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Faculty Development, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Worthington, Tracy Anne – Social Studies, 2018
The purpose of this article is to synthesize research on the benefits and use of games, role-plays, and simulations, whilst providing examples practicing teachers may wish to use in their classroom. Therefore, the article presents a discussion of key previous research on the use of games, role-plays, and simulations in secondary history…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Student Centered Learning, Educational Games, Role Playing
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Moore, James – Social Studies, 2018
Even though slavery is illegal in all countries, it is still practiced in the form of human trafficking. In fact, there are about twenty-five million men, women, and children who are victims of human trafficking, a 150-billion-dollar industry that affects every country across the globe. Modern communications, such as the Internet and cell phones,…
Descriptors: Slavery, Crime, Civil Rights, Democracy
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Thacker, Emma S.; Friedman, Adam M.; Fitchett, Paul G.; Journell, Wayne; Lee, John K. – Social Studies, 2018
Social studies continues to be marginalized in elementary grades, yet the "C3 Framework" and its Inquiry Arc offer possibilities for high-quality elementary social studies instruction. However, the "C3 Framework" requires that teachers possess an adequate understanding of how to implement inquiry within the various social…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Social Studies, Case Studies, Inquiry
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McCorkle, William – Social Studies, 2018
In the last few years, xenophobic rhetoric and policies have sharply increased across the world and is especially apparent in the rise of far right political parties in Europe, the Brexit vote in Great Britain, and the election of Donald Trump in the United States. In these times, teachers have a responsibility to stand for values of inclusion and…
Descriptors: Stranger Reactions, Immigration, Critical Theory, Critical Thinking
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Tannebaum, Rory P. – Social Studies, 2018
In this article the author seeks to present social studies educators with practical means for using Reddit--an emerging social media website--as a tool for providing students with a democratic education grounded in citizenship and multicultural education. The author focuses on ways in which Reddit offers students the opportunity to learn from…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Social Media, Web Sites, Democratic Values
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