Dynamic Social Studies for Constructivist Classrooms: Inspiring Tomorrow's Social Scientists / Edition 10

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Practical and dynamic are the hallmarks of this widely-popular social studies methods text, and this new edition steps up its focus on motivation and creativity with a fresh, new design and a number of updates that give readers a clear vision of the most effective ways to teach social studies to elementary school students—and to motivate them to become social scientists.

Chapter-opening, real-life scenarios set the theme for each chapter and place the content into a meaningful context. And authentic scenarios within the chapters enhance reader understanding and show visually how teachers have used suggested teaching strategies in their classrooms.

And in this new edition, the principal focus of previous editions is maintained, while the book has been thoroughly redesigned, revised, and updated to include:

  • NEW classroom scenarios
  • NEW fresh photos, illustrations, and figures
  • NEW chapter on Curriculum Integration (Ch. 6)
  • NEW chapter on Anthropology and Sociology (Ch. 10)
  • NEW chapter on Economics (Ch. 11)
  • NEW material on the spiral curriculum, differentiated instruction, learning centers, collaborative learning, concept attainment, concept formation, technology integration, WebQuests, Web Scavenger Hunts, Web-based inquiry, digital storytelling digital peripheral devices, digital cameras, smart phones, PDAs, tablet computers, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132849487
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 4/19/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 409,535
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

George Maxim began his professional career in rural Appalachia and ultimately taught in varied settings and at different levels from preschool through the elementary school grades. After completing a very enjoyable early childhood and elementary school teaching career, he pursued a PhD in Elementary Education from Penn State University, specializing in early childhood and social studies education. He accepted a position at West Chester University, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in early childhood education, creativity, social studies methods, and literacy. In addition, Dr. Maxim has spoken to various groups, conducted in-service programs, and delivered workshops to teachers throughout the region. He has been invited to speak to audiences in locations as distant as Seoul, South Korea.

Dr. Maxim has received a number of teaching awards, including the Certificate of Excellence in College Teaching from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Dr. Maxim’s articles have appeared in various journals, including Childhood Education, Social Education, Social Studies and the Young Learner, Science and Children, The Arithmetic Teacher, and other relevant professional journals. He has written several books, including The Very Young, The Sourcebook, Learning Centers for Young Children, and Dynamic Social Studies for Constructivist Classrooms.

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Table of Contents

Part I Foundations of Instruction

Chapter 1 Dynamic Social Studies: The Subject You Will Teach

Chapter 2 Individuality and Diversity: The Children You Will Teach

Chapter 3 Standards-Based Instruction: Planning Lessons and Units

Part II Approaches to Classroom Instruction

Chapter 4 Social Constructivism: Scaffolded Learning

Chapter 5 Cognitive Constructivism: Discovery Learning (Inquiry and Problem Solving)

Chapter 6 Curriculum Integration: Linking Subject Matter and Learning Experiences

Part III Social Science Content and Processes

Chapter 7 Young Historians: Learning to Unlock the Past

Chapter 8 Geography: Exploring the People/Place Connection

Chapter 9 Civics: Young Citizens in Action

CHAPTER 10 Anthropology and Sociology: Cultures and Society

CHAPTER 11 Economics: Scarcity and Choices

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