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Maguth, Brad M.; Taylor, Nathan – Social Studies, 2014
Social studies education plays an important role in preparing students for a diverse, pluralistic democratic citizenry (NCSS 2010). While the field has made some gains in addressing the needs of various marginalized communities within the curriculum, there has been very little progress in incorporating LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Homosexuality, Advocacy
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Neumann, Richard – Social Studies, 2014
This article reports on an investigation to explore the possibility that ideology might be expressed in the treatment of corporate influence on federal government by social studies textbooks. Two textbooks were examined in the study--United States history and American government. Corporate influence involves activities that affect election and…
Descriptors: High School Students, History Instruction, Content Analysis, Textbooks
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Monobe, Gumiko; Son, Eun Hye – Social Studies, 2014
This article examines children's literature that depicts people undergoing political conflict and war in a post-WWII era. These books portray political conflicts, refugees' relocation, and settlement in different countries. Using these books with drama inspired activities can help students gain awareness and empathetic attitudes toward…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Conflict, Refugees, Dramatics
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O'Brien, Joseph; Lawrence, Nicholas; Green, Kori – Social Studies, 2014
In seeking to prepare students to be "citizens of a culturally diverse, democratic society in an interdependent world," teachers engage students in live, online discussions about what justifies war, while at the same time grappling with the requirements to teach the memorization of people, places and isolated events. Teachers and a…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Middle School Students, Computer Mediated Communication, Group Discussion
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Viator, Martha Graham; Halper, Sara – Social Studies, 2014
Teaching empathy can be a means to teach multiple perspectives in the social studies classroom. Examining U.S. history through the lens of the pursuit of the "American Dream" will resonate with many high school students. This article suggests a framework using the theme of the "American Dream" of homeownership for a high school…
Descriptors: Social Studies, High School Students, Civil Rights, Housing
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McBride, Holly – Social Studies, 2014
Students in this post-industrial technological age require opportunities for the acquisition of new skills, especially in the marketplace of innovation. A pedagogical strategy that is becoming more and more popular within social studies classrooms is the use of computer and video games as enhancements to everyday lesson plans. Computer/video games…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Computer Games, Video Games, Teaching Methods
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Britt, Judy; Howe, Mandi – Social Studies, 2014
In each edition of their book "Doing History: Investigating with Children in Elementary and Middle Schools", Levstik and Barton (2011) encourage us to take a mental journey to imagine classrooms where students regularly "do history" (xi). The social studies experiences that many educators envision for elementary classrooms…
Descriptors: State Standards, Academic Standards, Social Studies, Literacy
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Chiodo, John J.; Meliza, Evette – Social Studies, 2014
Between 1854 and 1930, over 200,000 children left New York City, as well as other major east coast cities, bound for families in rural areas. They traveled to towns in New England, the Midwest, the South, and even as far west as Texas, California, Oregon, and Washington. These orphans were the children of immigrant families who were pouring into…
Descriptors: United States History, Adoption, Immigrants, Social Problems
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Summer, Melissa – Social Studies, 2014
This article details my racialized awakenings as a White kindergarten teacher after being called a racist by a parent of one of my students. I chronicle critical reflections of myself and my school in terms of latent institutional racism and actions. I share the actions that I have begun in my efforts to counter racism and move toward teaching for…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Racial Bias, Teacher Attitudes, Racial Attitudes
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Levy, Brett L. M.; Hartwick, James M. M.; Muñoz, Sierra Pope; Gudgel, Scott – Social Studies, 2014
Schools throughout the United States provide instruction on democracy, voting, and major institutions of government, but often excluded from the curriculum is a central reality of our political system: the role of money in elections. This article provides background information and pedagogical strategies to help teachers foster productive…
Descriptors: Political Campaigns, Financial Support, Citizenship Education, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Bair, Sarah D.; Ackerman, Kay – Social Studies, 2014
The 150th anniversary of the American Civil War has brought renewed interest in the war itself and in how social studies educators teach the Civil War in their U.S. history courses. The authors encourage teachers to use social history as a vehicle to engage their students in a more complete examination of the war and to foster a deeper…
Descriptors: War, Social Studies, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers
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Brugar, Kristy A.; Roberts, Kathryn – Social Studies, 2014
In this article we identify opportunities for students to use timelines and textbooks to meet standards. Through the use of timelines, textbooks, and selected activities, upper elementary and middle school students are able to (1) be engaged in content area reading and writings; (2) understand large themes in social studies including time,…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Textbooks
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Hammond, Thomas; Bozdin, Alec M.; Stanlick, Sarah E. – Social Studies, 2014
Latitude and longitude are foundational concepts for geography education, yet they are typically poorly understood by students and receive indifferent attention from instructors and publishers' materials. Social studies teachers can take advantage of increasingly ubiquitous geolocating devices such as Global Positions Systems (GPS) to provide…
Descriptors: Geography, Geography Instruction, Geographic Location, Facilities
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Gerwin, David – Social Studies, 2014
Trying out a "Beyond the Bubble" assessment in a social studies methods classroom revealed that the assessment worked much better than any multiple choice item while retaining great ease in marking. However, as discussion of the item showed, the rubrics for the item apply the "sourcing" heuristic so literally that it loses some…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Thinking Skills, Heuristics
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Patterson, Timothy – Social Studies, 2014
The content of social studies curricula make studying abroad during the summer months a win-win for social studies teachers. During these experiences, teachers have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of global history and other cultures and to see a bit of the world. That said, the most dangerous assumption one can make is that simply…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Faculty Development, Study Abroad, Cross Cultural Training
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