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Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students

Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students - 2nd edition

ISBN13: 978-0534555450

Cover of Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students 2ND 07 (ISBN 978-0534555450)
ISBN13: 978-0534555450
ISBN10: 0534555454
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 07
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2007
International: No

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Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students - 2ND 07 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534555450

Jere Brophy and Janet Alleman

ISBN13: 978-0534555450
ISBN10: 0534555454
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 2ND 07
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc

Published: 2007
International: No
Summary

POWERFUL SOCIAL STUDIES FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS examines the nature and purpose of social studies as it outlines ways to select content and teach history, geography, and social sciences more meaningfully. These respected authors present principles and illustrative examples to help pre-service and in-service teachers plan well-organized social studies instruction that produces positive student outcomes. The Second Edition emphasizes the importance of using developmentally appropriate content and methods when helping students to develop social understanding and civic action, and includes a solid research base that is reflective of the current NCSS standards. Rather than advocating the elimination of the traditional content framework used to organize the social studies curriculum ('expanding communities framework'), the authors call for retaining the most important topics that have traditionally been emphasized and for teaching these topics in 'more coherent and powerful ways.'

New to the Edition

  • The authors address strategies for promoting family involvement and home-school connections into the teaching of social studies.
  • Incorporated into the new edition is coverage of use of the Internet and other technologies in social studies instruction.
  • The authors have included the latest NCSS standards as well as standards statements that have been developed for the "component disciplines" (history, geography, economics, etc.) of social studies into the new edition.
  • This edition features expanded coverage of the social sciences, as well as integration using the arts, history, and literacy.
  • Other emerging topics included in the new edition include: creating instructional units; planning and conducting field trips; expanded coverage of assessment; additional instructional methods and strategies (e.g., role plays, use of vignettes), to stimulate critical thinking and problem solving; and use of narratives and other more teacher-centered strategies along with constructivist approaches.


Features

  • Brophy and Alleman emphasize the importance of using developmentally appropriate content and methods when helping students to develop social understanding and civic action.
  • Rather than advocating the elimination of the traditional content framework used to organize the social studies curriculum ("expanding communities framework"), the authors call for retaining the most important topics that have traditionally been emphasized and for teaching these topics in "more coherent and powerful ways."

Table of Contents

Preface.
Prologue.
1. Elementary Social Studies: What Is It? What Might It Become?
2. How Can I Build A Learning Community in My Classroom?
3. What Does Goal-Oriented Instruction Entail?
4. What Do Selecting and Representing Content Entail?
5. How Can I Teach History Content More Meaningfully?
6. How Can I Teach Geography and Anthropology Content More Meaningfully?
7. How Can I Teach the Other Social Science Content More Meaningfully?
8. How Can I Structure Classroom Discourse to Help Students Develop Social Studies Understanding?
9. How Can I Design, Implement, And Evaluate Instructional Activities?
10. What Are Some Other Strategies For Teaching Social Studies?
11. What Is The Role Of Curricular Integration?
12. How Can I Assess Student Learning?
13. How Can the Curriculum Be Expanded and Made More Meaningful Through Home-School Connections?
14. What Social Studies Planning Tools Are Available?
15. What is the Research Base That Informs Ideas About Powerful Social Studies Teaching?
Epilogue.

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