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Heafner, Tina L.; Triplett, Nicholas; Handler, Laura; Massey, Dixie – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
Current events influence public interest and drive Internet word searches. For over a decade, linguists and dictionary publishers have analyzed big data from Internet word searches to designate "Words of the Year" (WsOY). In this study, we examine how WsOY can foster critical digital literacy and illuminate essential aspects of inquiry…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Social Studies, Internet, Computer Literacy
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Smith, Mark D. – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
History education scholars have recognized the need for test validity research in recent years and have called for empirical studies that explore how to best measure historical thinking processes. The present study was designed to help answer this call and to provide a model that others can adapt to carry this line of research forward. It employed…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Multiple Choice Tests, Cognitive Tests, Protocol Analysis
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Knowles, Ryan T. – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
This quantitative study uses survey data to test connections between 735 teachers' civic education ideology (CivID) and their self-reported instructional practices. Analysis demonstrates teachers' beliefs in relation to conservative, liberal, and critical civic education ideology as well as preference for instructional strategies, such as…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Teacher Attitudes, Ideology
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de Groot-Reuvekamp, Marjan; Ros, Anje; van Boxtel, Carla – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
The teaching of historical time is an important aspect in elementary school curricula. This study focuses on the effects of a curriculum intervention with "Timewise," a teaching approach developed to improve students' understanding of historical time using timelines as a basis with which students can develop their understanding of…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, History, History Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Shreiner, Tamara L. – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
The rising prevalence of data visualizations in the political and economic spheres requires an increasingly data literate population. Data are used to persuade people how to vote, support policies, adopt arguments or agendas, and buy products. Furthermore, data literacy is a specialized literacy skill that students need to employ to make meaning…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Literacy, Data Analysis
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Jacobsen, Rebecca; Halvorsen, Anne-Lise; Frasier, Amanda Slaten; Schmitt, Adam; Crocco, Margaret; Segall, Avner – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
This mixed-methods study analyzed adolescents' evaluation of the trustworthiness of different kinds of evidence and their reasons for why they trusted (or did not trust) them. Specifically, we analyzed adolescents' rankings of seven kinds of evidence in the abstract and in the context of a settled historical event (school desegregation) and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Thinking Skills, Comprehension, Evidence
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Parkhouse, Hillary – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
While the conceptual work on critical pedagogy is undeniably rich, few empirical studies have examined its applications in K-12 classroom settings and impacts on students. Based on ethnographic research in 2 public 11th grade U.S. History classrooms with critical teachers, this article describes 3 pedagogies that enhanced students' critical…
Descriptors: United States History, History Instruction, Ethnography, High School Students
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McGrew, Sarah; Breakstone, Joel; Ortega, Teresa; Smith, Mark; Wineburg, Sam – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
To be an informed citizen in today's information-rich environment, individuals must be able to evaluate information they encounter on the Internet. However, teachers currently have limited options if they want to assess students' evaluations of digital content. In response, we created a range of short tasks that assess students' "civic online…
Descriptors: Information Sources, Internet, Computer Software, Student Attitudes
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Dabach, Dafney Blanca; Fones, Aliza; Merchant, Natasha Hakimali; Adekile, Adebowale – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
Currently, a knowledge gap exists at the intersection of immigration, citizenship, and education. We have little knowledge of how teachers teach about citizenship when they anticipate that some of their students are undocumented. Conceptually, we distinguish between formal and cultural citizenship and draw from immigrant political incorporation…
Descriptors: Civics, Citizenship Education, Undocumented Immigrants, High Schools
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Andolina, Molly W.; Conklin, Hilary G. – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
This case study investigates an action civics curriculum, "Project Soapbox", designed to foster key civic outcomes among high school students. Framed by research highlighting profound disparities in civic educational opportunities and the best practices of civic education programs, this article examines the democratic and literacy skills…
Descriptors: High School Students, Civics, Citizenship Education, Outcomes of Education
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Levy, Brett L. M. – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
Prior research indicates that individuals are more likely to take political action (e.g., vote, contact representatives, protest) when they have higher levels of "political efficacy," the belief that one's actions can influence political processes. In this mixed methods longitudinal study, I draw on Wenger's and Bandura's theories of…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, International Organizations, Clubs, Student Attitudes
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Milligan, Andrea; Gibson, Lindsay; Peck, Carla L. – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
This article explores the relationship between the philosophy of ethics, history education, and young people's historical ethical judgments. In the last two decades, "ethical judgments," which focus on making decisions about the ethics of historical actions, has been acknowledged as a second-order historical thinking concept in history…
Descriptors: Ethics, Decision Making, History Instruction, Thinking Skills
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Wansink, Bjorn; Akkerman, Sanne; Zuiker, Itzél; Wubbels, Theo – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
This study reports five Dutch expert history teachers' approaches to multiperspectivity in lessons on three topics varying in moral sensitivity (i.e., the Dutch Revolt, Slavery, and the Holocaust) and their underlying considerations for addressing subjects' perspectives in different temporal layers. The lessons were observed and videorecorded, and…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Moral Values
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Schlemper, M. Beth; Stewart, Victoria C.; Shetty, Sujata; Czajkowski, Kevin – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
Preparing students to become active, participatory citizens is more than promoting personal responsibility. It requires actively engaging with others in order to improve one's community. Using a critical geography approach, this article describes research with students living in urban areas that engaged them in fieldwork and citizen mapping of the…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Geography Instruction, Urban Areas, Maps
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Middaugh, Ellen; Evans, Chris – Theory and Research in Social Education, 2018
Drawing on a mixed methods study of a district-wide initiative to integrate civic learning practices into the high school humanities curriculum in an urban school district in Northern California, this article examines the relationship between face-to-face versus online civic learning opportunities and students' motivation for engaging in practices…
Descriptors: Civics, Integrated Curriculum, Humanities Instruction, Urban Schools
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