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Marcum, James W. – Social Studies, 2008
While the remarkable accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin are unparalleled, the means of their attainment can be considered more accessible to ordinary people and not necessarily attributable to a special genius. The steady development of Franklin's knowledge and skills is traced in light of a new model of "dynamic learning," which is a method…
Descriptors: Gifted, Teaching Methods, Skill Development, Knowledge Level
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Moore, James R. – Social Studies, 2006
One of the most important and difficult challenges facing social studies educators, particularly world history teachers, concerns the role of Islam--one of the world's fastest growing and most dynamic religions--in historical and contemporary domestic and international affairs. What teachers choose to teach about Islam and how they present it are…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, World History, Muslims, Islam
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Lintner, Timothy – Social Studies, 2005
American society is deeply rooted in the belief that differences of all types--religious, cultural, physical, political--should be promoted in ways that serve not to divide or erode but to unify and strengthen. The premise for that American ideal is the promise and potential of difference. Although difference is often embraced, it can also be…
Descriptors: Consciousness Raising, Teaching Methods, Social Studies, Photography
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Patton, James R.; And Others – Social Studies, 1987
Reports a study reviewing the status of social studies education within selected special education programs. Identifies factors effecting social studies programs in special education and argues the importance of social studies instruction for handicapped students. (AEM)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation, Disabilities
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Carroll, Rives Fowlkes – Social Studies, 1987
Describes the experiences of a sixth grade history class in learning about archaeology by planning and executing a small local dig. Offers advice on class preparation, excavation procedures, follow-up work, and the display of artifacts. Includes eight photographs of classroom and field work activities. (AEM)
Descriptors: Archaeology, Class Activities, Experiential Learning, Field Trips
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Milbourne, Linda S. – Social Studies, 1987
A history teacher describes an activity which involved her seventh grade class in researching, learning, and displaying a colonial craft, in order to learn more about life in colonial America. (AEM)
Descriptors: Activity Units, Class Activities, Colonial History (United States), Grade 7
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Budin, Howard; And Others – Social Studies, 1987
Examines possible and desirable directions for computer use in the social studies and identifies what software is presently being used. Investigates how closely the aims of social studies match present software selection. Explores future possibilities for the development of software in social studies. (RKM)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Software, Computers, Educational Change
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Massialas, Byron G.; Papagiannis, George J. – Social Studies, 1987
Reviews current computer applications in education. Discusses research on the socio-psychological aspects of computer usage. Analyzes and assesses to what extent computers can contribute to social studies goals. Develops an agenda of priorities for computer usage in social studies. (RKM)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Technology
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Galvin, Jene M. – Social Studies, 1989
Describes a teleconference between U.S. students and students from other countries. Points out that current world issues became more relevant for U.S. students. Stresses the value of international telephone technology to show students the relationship of their ideas and values with those of young people from around the world. (GG)
Descriptors: Global Approach, Instructional Innovation, Relevance (Education), Secondary Education
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Evans, Charles S. – Social Studies, 1987
Presents a study of United States History textbooks that identifies possible shortcomings of several readability formulas as tools in determining the appropriateness of reading materials. Suggests additional factors to consider when selecting textbooks and techniques to help students understand reading materials. (AEM)
Descriptors: Directed Reading Activity, Readability, Readability Formulas, Reading Ability
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Henry, Michael S. – Social Studies, 1987
Describes the Advanced Placement U.S. history program which allows students to earn college credit by taking a standardized test while still in high school. Reviews procedures for selection of multiple choice questions on this test from 1960-1984. States that multiple choice type questions on this test have changed since 1960, but not…
Descriptors: Advanced Placement, College Entrance Examinations, Educational Trends, History Instruction
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Ellington, Lucien – Social Studies, 1987
Attempts to provide social studies teachers with a more comprehensive understanding of the Japanese economy than can be gleaned from the popular press. Describes the contributions of competitive strategies, technology, capital availability, and education to Japan's economic success. (AEM)
Descriptors: Capital, Competition, Economic Progress, Economics
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Davison, Betsy – Social Studies, 1987
Describes a new national electronic database to help social studies teachers locate up-to-date materials in global/international education. Called SCAN (System for Communication and Networking), the database was developed by Global Perspectives in Education. (RKM)
Descriptors: Computers, Databases, Educational Improvement, Educational Technology