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Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools

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Publisher Comments:

This comprehensive introduction to teaching social studies to middle and secondary school students includes many new ideas for teaching in our 21st century classrooms.  Continuing the tradition of social studies innovator Peter Martorella and taking a constructivist approach, the authors address current issues such as diversity, technology, inclusion, and teacher certification.  Martorella believed that the fundamental purpose of social studies should be the development of reflective, competent, and concerned citizens.  The goal of the book is to assist preservice and inservice middle and secondary teachers in becoming more effective teachers of social studies.  To do this, the authors draw on theory, research, and the wisdom of experienced teachers.  

 

The text is organized in three parts:  the origins of social studies, developing reflective and concerned citizens, and analyzing and improving the teaching of social studies.  The book continues to address the need of helping students to develop a global perspective and become open-minded reflective citizens of the world.  The blend of teacher insight, current research findings, and well-grounded theories give new and experienced educators the foundation they need to nurture and sustain effective social studies instruction.

Synopsis:

In the tradition of social studies innovator Peter Martorella, this readable, accessible text offers prospective teachers a comprehensive introduction to teaching social studies to middle and secondary school students.  With the purpose of social studies being the development of reflective, competent, concerned citizens, the text first examines the origins and evolution of social studies and citizenship education across the United States. Following this, targeted chapters address the art, science, and craft of social studies teaching as a means for engaging learners in knowledge construction. In the final section, the authors look at ways to improve social studies instruction through the incorporation of emerging technologies, and explore the implications of the rich cultural diversity within our nation. 

Table of Contents

PART I            THE STATE OF SOCIAL STUDIES AND CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION

 

Chapter 1    Alternative Perspectives on the Social Studies

The Origins and Evolution of the Social Studies

Alternative Definitions of the Social Studies

The Contemporary Social Studies Teacher

Chapter 2    Contemporary Social Studies

Citizenship Education as the Purpose of the Social Studies

Alternative Perspectives on a Curriculum for Effective Citizenship Education

The Enduring Goal of the Social Studies Curriculum: Reflective, Competent, and Concerned Citizens

Chapter 3    Teaching and Learning Social Studies

Engaging Students in Constructing Knowledge

The Social Sciences as Sources of Subject Matter for the Social Studies

Other Sources of Subject Matter for the Social Studies

The School and Community as Sources of Social Data

Identifying Professional Resources

 

PART II            DEVELOPING REFLECTIVE, COMPETENT, AND CONCERNED CITIZENS

 

Chapter 4    Organizing and Planning for Teaching Social Studies

Basic Issues in Planning Social Studies Instruction

Social Studies Goals for Instruction

Social Studies Objectives for Instruction

Organizing Subject Matter into Units

Organizing Subject Matter into Lessons

Classrooms as Environments for Learning

Creating and Managing the Classroom Environment

Balancing Goals and Objectives in the Curriculum: Linking the Head, the Hand, and the Heart

Guidelines for Social Studies Program Development

Variety in Instructional Planning

Chapter 5    Engaging Students in Learning Through Small Groups, Questions, Role Playing, and Simulations

Grouping Students for Learning

Using Structured Questions to Aid Learning

Engaging Students in Role Playing and Simulations

Chapter 6    Promoting Reflective Inquiry: Developing and Applying Concepts, Generalizations, and Hypotheses

Learning and Teaching Concepts

Learning and Teaching Facts and Generalizations

The Reflective Citizen and Problem Solving

Chapter 7    Fostering Citizenship Competency

The Nature of Citizenship Skills

Social Skills

Research and Analysis Skills

Chronology Skills

Spatial Skills

Identifying and Using Reference Sources in Developing Skills

Activities for Introducing Reference Materials

Chapter 8    Social Concern in a Globally and Culturally Diverse World

Social Concern and Citizenship Education

The Dimensions of Concern

Instructional Strategies for Examining Beliefs, Attitudes, and Values

Social Issues as a Curricular Focus

Multicultural Education

Current Affairs

Academic Freedom in the Classroom

 

PART III            ANALYZING AND IMPROVING SOCIAL STUDIES TEACHING AND LEARNING

 

Chapter 9    Comprehending, Communicating, and Remembering Subject Matter

Comprehending Social Studies Subject Matter

Reading and Social Studies Text Materials

Communicating Social Studies Subject Matter

Remembering Social Studies Subject Matter

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Chapter 10    Using Technology to Enhance Social Studies Instruction

Integrating Technology into Today's Classroom

Internet Applications for Social Studies Instruction

Software Applications for the Social Studies Classroom

Personal Digital Assistants in the Social Studies Classroom

Technology Challenges

Emerging Technologies: Challenges of the Future

Chapter 11    Adapting Social Studies Instruction to Individual Needs

Matching Social Studies Instruction to Students' Developing Capabilities

Social Studies for the Middle Years

High School Social Studies

Individualized Instruction and Individual Differences

Individual Styles of Thinking and Learning

Organizing the Classroom for Individualized Instruction

Using Jackdaws ®, Artifact Kits, and Teacher-Made Materials for Individualizing Instruction

Equity for Those with Disabilities

Equity for the Gifted

Chapter 12    Evaluating and Assessing Student Learning

The Dimensions of Evaluation

The Use and Misuse of Tests

Performance Assessments

Teacher-Made Paper-and-Pencil Tests

Evaluating Reflection, Competence and Concern

A Framework for Evaluating the Outcomes of Social Studies Instruction

 

Appendix A    NCSS Standards and Performance Expectations

Appendix B    Sample of a Social Studies Textbook Evaluation Form

Product Details

ISBN:
9780131172449
Publisher:
Allyn and Bacon
Location:
Upper Saddle River, N.J.
Author:
Martorella, Peter H.
Author:
Beal, Candy M.
Author:
Beal, Candy
Author:
Mason-Bolick, Cheryl H.
Author:
Mason Bolick, Cheryl
Subject:
Research
Subject:
Social sciences
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Social Science
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials / Science
Copyright:
Edition Number:
4
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
no 23
Publication Date:
20080318
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.3 x 7.7 x 0.855 in 871 gr

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"Synopsis" by , In the tradition of social studies innovator Peter Martorella, this readable, accessible text offers prospective teachers a comprehensive introduction to teaching social studies to middle and secondary school students.  With the purpose of social studies being the development of reflective, competent, concerned citizens, the text first examines the origins and evolution of social studies and citizenship education across the United States. Following this, targeted chapters address the art, science, and craft of social studies teaching as a means for engaging learners in knowledge construction. In the final section, the authors look at ways to improve social studies instruction through the incorporation of emerging technologies, and explore the implications of the rich cultural diversity within our nation. 
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