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Bickford, John H.; Little, Dalani A. – Social Studies, 2022
Students, especially young children, recognize differences. This guided inquiry positions elementary students to consider the (dis)abilities they see and do not see. This article couples trade books emphasizing diverse perspectives--general, American, people of color, international contexts, fiction, and disparate (dis)abilities--with evocative…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary School Teachers, Activism, Advocacy
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An, Sohyun – Social Studies, 2022
In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the need to understand teaching and learning not just as cognitive but also as affective experiences that are imbued with emotional complexity. There is also an emergent body of research on how to teach difficult knowledge of war. Joining this scholarship, this article presents research…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), United States History, War, Elementary School Students
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Moore, James – Social Studies, 2022
Freedom of expression is the core political ideal undergirding American democracy and recent attacks on freedom of speech are a direct threat to the liberties and rights guaranteed in the United States Constitution. Freedom of expression is essential for participatory democracy, scientific progress, individualism, and civic education in K-12…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Constitutional Law, Social Studies, Citizenship Education
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Bickford, John H.; Bickford, Molly Sigler – Social Studies, 2022
Teachers value students' close reading of and text-based writing about diverse texts while eliciting their awareness of the world, privilege, and power. Carefully selected literature coupled with primary sources can bridge the classroom and society. To engage modern students in America's racialized past and present, this article guides teachers to…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Interdisciplinary Approach, Units of Study
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Akhan, Nadire Emel; Kocaaga, Gülten – Social Studies, 2022
Social studies preservice teachers will start their career with the aim of raising "good person-good citizen" for the ideal society. Believing in this important purpose and being aware of the field will contribute to the realization of the ideal society objective. Yet, it is necessary to try to raise this awareness in the most enjoyable…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Social Studies, Drama, Teaching Methods
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An, Sohyun – Social Studies, 2022
This article discusses how the Korean War is portrayed in the children's literature published in the United States over 70 years since the war. Seven children's books were identified and analyzed with a theoretical lens of teaching war as difficult knowledge. Critical content analysis of the texts found two key patterns. First, there were various…
Descriptors: Social Studies, War, Childrens Literature, Foreign Countries
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Reingold, Matt – Social Studies, 2022
This article presents a qualitative practitioner research study designed to understand how a morally complex Israel curriculum impacts the nature of secondary school students' relationships with Israel. The research was conducted with 31 students enrolled in an elective about Israeli society at a Jewish high school in Canada. At both the start and…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, Moral Values, Elective Courses, Jews
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Fancher, Alexander Patrick – Social Studies, 2021
Today's political environment continues to become more polarized as Americans find themselves taking sides on controversial issues. While this is certainly not new to the American democratic experience, the way we as a country are combating it is. With the nation engulfed in a political maelstrom, people are forgetting how to have a civilized…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Social Attitudes, Politics, Attitude Change
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Misco, Thomas; Molina, Estevan; Schultz, Brian – Social Studies, 2021
The United States has a lengthy history of welcoming immigrants from throughout the world and ultimately naturalizing and conferring citizenship to them. Yet, a number of indigenous and people of color never consented to citizenship and many still do not wish to have it. This article explores the role of citizenship as a tool to not only…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Indigenous Populations, Citizenship, Acculturation
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Svensson, Carl-Johan; Samuelsson, Tobias – Social Studies, 2021
Lately, theme parks have emphasized the learning and edutainment aspects of their business. This has created new opportunities for theme parks and schools to cooperate. Research has shown that learning at science centers, a similar form of learning arena, tends to be out of context and that the learning outcomes are meager. High Chaparral, in…
Descriptors: Parks, Social Studies, History Instruction, Informal Education
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Schroeder, Stephanie; Gates, Jake – Social Studies, 2021
This article explores depictions of the American Civil Rights Movement in award-winning children's picture books published between 2010 and 2018. Specifically, we focused on 25 books chosen by the American Library Association (ALA) and the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) for inclusion on their yearly book lists. We included books…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Picture Books, Civil Rights, United States History
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Neumann, David J. – Social Studies, 2021
In the last three decades, history education has focused overwhelmingly on inquiry. In teacher education, the recent turn to "Core Practices" or "High-Leverage Practices" (HLPs) has been applied to history education. Despite the attractiveness of inquiry-oriented instruction, it is still absent from far too many history…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Inquiry, Active Learning, Direct Instruction
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Bickford, John H., III; Hendrickson, Ryan C. – Social Studies, 2021
This article is a guided inquiry into past and present uses of war powers. From the Constitutional framers' intent through Thomas Jefferson's adaptation to modern presidents' implementation, students extract meaning from the best available evidence. Evocative primary sources--some of which are contemporaneous to modern readers--and engaging…
Descriptors: War, Constitutional Law, Presidents, United States History
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Pantaleo, Sylvia – Social Studies, 2021
Participation in a classroom-based study provided Grade 4 students with multiple opportunities to develop their visual meaning-making skills and competences, as well as their aesthetic understanding of and critical thinking about multimodal ensembles. Intentionally-designed instruction during the multifaceted research included a variety of…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Elementary School Students, Critical Thinking, Aesthetics
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Elbih, Randa N.; Ciccone, Michelangelo; Sullivan, Brendan – Social Studies, 2021
As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, every aspect of daily life is being altered in response to the virus. The pandemic has altered secondary education. Classes online, teachers struggling to learn Zoom and make lessons meaningful and relevant to students. Students struggling to make sense of this moment, struggling with mental health issues due to…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Refugees, School Closing
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