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Overview

The fifth edition of this popular book helps readers aid children in developing thinking skills and master principles, encouraging them to understand the world, approach challenges from different perspectives, and understand and stand firm in the face of injustice. Understanding social studies is crucial to the creation of thoughtful, involved citizens. Up-to-date material on technology and pro-social behavior challenges readers to reflect upon significant issues. Topics include: the definition of social studies; history and geography; political science and economics; sociology, anthropology and psychology; teaching social studies; culture, gender, and exceptionalities; planning and assessing by working with the social studies standards. This book will serve as an excellent resource for all educators in the field of social studies, as well as for those employed in various fields where social studies is a component in understanding today's social trends.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130497017
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/5/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 572
  • Product dimensions: 7.76 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 1.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Defining the Social Studies 3
Ch. 2 Active Learning: Giving Life to the Social Studies 37
Ch. 3 History and Geography 69
Ch. 4 Political Science and Economics 103
Ch. 5 Sociology, Anthropology, and Psychology 139
Ch. 6 Interdisciplinary Dimensions 171
Ch. 7 Selecting Teaching Approaches 203
Ch. 8 Inquiry and Higher-Level Thinking 239
Ch. 9 Cooperative and Group Learning 273
Ch. 10 Teaching Social Studies Skills 307
Ch. 11 Culture, Gender, and Exceptionalities 343
Ch. 12 Social Studies for Limited-English-Proficient Learners 379
Ch. 13 Working with Social Studies Standards 413
Ch. 14 Planning Instruction 451
Ch. 15 Assessing Social Studies Outcomes 485
Name Index 525
Subject Index 529
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Preface

Myths help shape our perceptions of reality. Were some of these assumptions among those you grew up with?

  • The United States may be involved in conflicts elsewhere, but it is unlikely that harm will come to people living within our own borders.
  • Advances in communication technologies always act to promote mutual understanding and to reduce tensions among the world's peoples.
  • Perspectives of other peoples and cultures, although interesting, are primarily important for scholars, for government officials, and for business people involved in foreign trade.
  • Attempts to harm the United States, if they occur at all, will be sponsored by governments, not by isolated groups of individuals with no easily identifiable territorial home.
  • People in other parts of the world greatly admire the United States, its people, and its institutions.

Until the terrible events of September 11, 2001, many Americans identified with at least some of these views. On that day, terrorists' work buried forever any remaining illusion that vast bodies of water shelter Americans from the horrors of violence and war. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon prompted all of us to ask: Who are these people? Why did they do this? Why do they hate us? What can be done? Citizens will debate these questions for years to come.

As you prepare for teaching elementary social studies, new realities underscore the importance of helping young people in your classes develop a broad concept of effective citizenship. The oceans that once insulated us from foreign violence and war today are easily bridged. Actions and attitudes of peoples infaraway lands can affect lives of Americans as never before in our history. Preparing young people for citizenship today demands instructional programs that promote understanding of the world's diverse cultures and peoples, as well as an understanding of our own society and institutions.

Much of the writing of this new edition of Effective Teaching in Elementary Social Studies occurred in the aftermath of the events of 9/11. The events of that day highlight the pivotal importance of the social studies in the school curriculum. This component of the elementary curriculum has the potential to promote development of a rich array of important learning outcomes. Among other things, contributions from the social studies can help your students:

  • Develop sophisticated thinking skills that will assist them in understanding the world around them and their roles as citizens in an increasingly interdependent and diverse world,
  • Approach challenging problems from multiple perspectives,
  • Master basic principles that can be applied to situations going well beyond the context in which they are learned, and
  • Develop the moral and ethical character to stand firm in the face of injustice.

It is because of our strong belief in the importance of the social studies that we have prepared the fifth edition of Effective Teaching in Elementary Social Studies. We believe helping teachers and prospective teachers improve their teaching of social studies is an important part of our personal commitment to improving the world. We believe that children, when provided with quality instruction, can and will develop into responsible citizens. We also understand that you will face challenges in helping students work with social studies content.

NEW TO THIS EDITION

The social studies introduce learners to complex and often controversial subject matter. You will need to have a sound grasp of sophisticated content and a clear understanding of important learning principles. You will also need to know how to accommodate students from highly diverse backgrounds, and you must become skilled in a variety of teaching approaches. Content provided in this text will help you gain the expertise you need to discharge these multiple responsibilities.

To assist you with these goals, the fifth edition of Effective Teaching in Elementary Social Studies has been thoroughly revised and now features:

  • A new chapter on promoting active learning in the social studies. This chapter contains specific information on service learning and on dealing with controversial issues.
  • A new chapter on how children learn social studies. This chapter includes information about how children learn about their social world and how to select appropriate teaching approaches. This chapter includes an overview of a wide variety of teaching methods.
  • A new chapter on working with social studies standards. The standards movement is influencing social studies instruction in every state. This chapter provides readers with an overview of the standards movement, different types of standards, and how to plan social studies lessons with a reference to standards.
  • Global-awareness activities. These have been included throughout the text.
  • Updated lesson plans. These have been added, along with assessment, citizenship action, and global-awareness components.
  • Content related to technology, fro-social behavior, and individualized instruction. These topics have been embedded at appropriate places in chapters throughout the text.

TEXT FEATURES

Each chapter of the fifth edition of Effective Teaching in Elementary Social Studies also includes the following key features:

  • Graphic organizers to serve as advance organizers and to facilitate comprehension
  • Special Features, including (I) boxed items that pose questions and challenge readers to think about significant issues, (2) case studies to prompt thinking and discussion, and (3) other figures and activities to enrich understanding
  • Lesson Ideas to demonstrate application of the chapter content to the classroom
  • Web Checks to provide addresses of sites on the World Wide Web so that readers can find additional resources and pursue topics of interest

ORGANIZATION

Content in the text has been organized for flexible use. We recognize that individual instructors have personal preferences and opinions that influence the way they present content. To accommodate these preferences, each chapter can stand alone and be used independently of other chapters.

Chapters 1 to 6 provide information on the background, the purposes, and the content of social studies. We are firm believers in informed citizenship. Therefore, we emphasize the use of content drawn from history, the social sciences, and interdisciplinary sources as tools that can provide students with a knowledge base they can use as they consider evidence and make decisions.

Chapters 7 to 10 focus on teaching social studies. In this section, we begin with a discussion of how children learn social studies and with a continuum of teaching approaches. Readers then are introduced to procedures focusing on methodologies associated with inquiry, development of higher-level thinking, cooperative and group learning, and teaching key social studies skills.

Chapters 11 and 12 address the importance of meeting the needs of all students. Contemporary classrooms include young people who come from diverse ethnic, cultural, and language backgrounds who are being raised in households that have dramatically different levels of annual income, and who may be characterized by various kinds of exceptionalities (disabilities of different kinds, gifted learners, talented learners, and so forth). The content in these chapters will help readers develop approaches to promoting learning among learners who come to the classroom having varying personal characteristics.

The final three chapters—13, 14, and 15—deal with standards, planning, and assessment. These chapters could have been placed anywhere in the text. However, we decided to place them here because we think that readers need to have a basic understanding of goals, content, and methods in order to engage in productive planning and assessment.

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Introduction

Myths help shape our perceptions of reality. Were some of these assumptions among those you grew up with?

  • The United States may be involved in conflicts elsewhere, but it is unlikely that harm will come to people living within our own borders.
  • Advances in communication technologies always act to promote mutual understanding and to reduce tensions among the world's peoples.
  • Perspectives of other peoples and cultures, although interesting, are primarily important for scholars, for government officials, and for business people involved in foreign trade.
  • Attempts to harm the United States, if they occur at all, will be sponsored by governments, not by isolated groups of individuals with no easily identifiable territorial home.
  • People in other parts of the world greatly admire the United States, its people, and its institutions.

Until the terrible events of September 11, 2001, many Americans identified with at least some of these views. On that day, terrorists' work buried forever any remaining illusion that vast bodies of water shelter Americans from the horrors of violence and war. The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon prompted all of us to ask: Who are these people? Why did they do this? Why do they hate us? What can be done? Citizens will debate these questions for years to come.

As you prepare for teaching elementary social studies, new realities underscore the importance of helping young people in your classes develop a broad concept of effective citizenship. The oceans that once insulated us from foreign violence and war today are easily bridged. Actions and attitudes of peoples in farawaylands can affect lives of Americans as never before in our history. Preparing young people for citizenship today demands instructional programs that promote understanding of the world's diverse cultures and peoples, as well as an understanding of our own society and institutions.

Much of the writing of this new edition of Effective Teaching in Elementary Social Studies occurred in the aftermath of the events of 9/11. The events of that day highlight the pivotal importance of the social studies in the school curriculum. This component of the elementary curriculum has the potential to promote development of a rich array of important learning outcomes. Among other things, contributions from the social studies can help your students:

  • Develop sophisticated thinking skills that will assist them in understanding the world around them and their roles as citizens in an increasingly interdependent and diverse world,
  • Approach challenging problems from multiple perspectives,
  • Master basic principles that can be applied to situations going well beyond the context in which they are learned, and
  • Develop the moral and ethical character to stand firm in the face of injustice.

It is because of our strong belief in the importance of the social studies that we have prepared the fifth edition of Effective Teaching in Elementary Social Studies. We believe helping teachers and prospective teachers improve their teaching of social studies is an important part of our personal commitment to improving the world. We believe that children, when provided with quality instruction, can and will develop into responsible citizens. We also understand that you will face challenges in helping students work with social studies content.

NEW TO THIS EDITION

The social studies introduce learners to complex and often controversial subject matter. You will need to have a sound grasp of sophisticated content and a clear understanding of important learning principles. You will also need to know how to accommodate students from highly diverse backgrounds, and you must become skilled in a variety of teaching approaches. Content provided in this text will help you gain the expertise you need to discharge these multiple responsibilities.

To assist you with these goals, the fifth edition of Effective Teaching in Elementary Social Studies has been thoroughly revised and now features:

  • A new chapter on promoting active learning in the social studies. This chapter contains specific information on service learning and on dealing with controversial issues.
  • A new chapter on how children learn social studies. This chapter includes information about how children learn about their social world and how to select appropriate teaching approaches. This chapter includes an overview of a wide variety of teaching methods.
  • A new chapter on working with social studies standards. The standards movement is influencing social studies instruction in every state. This chapter provides readers with an overview of the standards movement, different types of standards, and how to plan social studies lessons with a reference to standards.
  • Global-awareness activities. These have been included throughout the text.
  • Updated lesson plans. These have been added, along with assessment, citizenship action, and global-awareness components.
  • Content related to technology, fro-social behavior, and individualized instruction. These topics have been embedded at appropriate places in chapters throughout the text.

TEXT FEATURES

Each chapter of the fifth edition of Effective Teaching in Elementary Social Studies also includes the following key features:

  • Graphic organizers to serve as advance organizers and to facilitate comprehension
  • Special Features, including (I) boxed items that pose questions and challenge readers to think about significant issues, (2) case studies to prompt thinking and discussion, and (3) other figures and activities to enrich understanding
  • Lesson Ideas to demonstrate application of the chapter content to the classroom
  • Web Checks to provide addresses of sites on the World Wide Web so that readers can find additional resources and pursue topics of interest

ORGANIZATION

Content in the text has been organized for flexible use. We recognize that individual instructors have personal preferences and opinions that influence the way they present content. To accommodate these preferences, each chapter can stand alone and be used independently of other chapters.

Chapters 1 to 6 provide information on the background, the purposes, and the content of social studies. We are firm believers in informed citizenship. Therefore, we emphasize the use of content drawn from history, the social sciences, and interdisciplinary sources as tools that can provide students with a knowledge base they can use as they consider evidence and make decisions.

Chapters 7 to 10 focus on teaching social studies. In this section, we begin with a discussion of how children learn social studies and with a continuum of teaching approaches. Readers then are introduced to procedures focusing on methodologies associated with inquiry, development of higher-level thinking, cooperative and group learning, and teaching key social studies skills.

Chapters 11 and 12 address the importance of meeting the needs of all students. Contemporary classrooms include young people who come from diverse ethnic, cultural, and language backgrounds who are being raised in households that have dramatically different levels of annual income, and who may be characterized by various kinds of exceptionalities (disabilities of different kinds, gifted learners, talented learners, and so forth). The content in these chapters will help readers develop approaches to promoting learning among learners who come to the classroom having varying personal characteristics.

The final three chapters--13, 14, and 15--deal with standards, planning, and assessment. These chapters could have been placed anywhere in the text. However, we decided to place them here because we think that readers need to have a basic understanding of goals, content, and methods in order to engage in productive planning and assessment.

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