Making Citizens: Transforming Civic Learning for Diverse Social Studies Classrooms

Making Citizens: Transforming Civic Learning for Diverse Social Studies Classrooms

by Beth C. Rubin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415874629

ISBN-13: 9780415874625

Pub. Date: 07/19/2011

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Can social studies classrooms be effective "makers" of citizens if much of what occurs in these classrooms does little to prepare young people to participate in the civic and political life of our democracy? Making Citizens illustrates how social studies can recapture its civic purpose through an approach that incorporates meaningful civic learning into middle and

…  See more details below

Overview

Can social studies classrooms be effective "makers" of citizens if much of what occurs in these classrooms does little to prepare young people to participate in the civic and political life of our democracy? Making Citizens illustrates how social studies can recapture its civic purpose through an approach that incorporates meaningful civic learning into middle and high school classrooms. The book explains why social studies teachers, particularly those working in diverse and urban areas, should infuse civic education into their teaching, and outlines how this can be done effectively. Directed at both pre-service and in-service social studies teachers and designed for easy integration into social studies methods courses, this book examines the experiences of students and teachers in social studies classrooms as they experience a new approach to the traditional, history-oriented social studies curriculum, using themes, essential questions, discussion, writing, current events and action research to explore enduring civic questions. Following the experiences of three teachers working at three diverse high schools, Beth C. Rubin considers how social studies classrooms might become places where young people study, ponder, discuss and write about relevant civic questions while they learn history. She draws upon the latest sociocultural theories on youth civic identity development to describe a field-tested approach to civic education that takes into consideration the classroom and curricular constraints faced by new teachers.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415874625
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/19/2011
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
800,080
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 8.94(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Transforming Social Studies Education throughMeaningful Civic Learning

2. Essentially Different: Using Essential Questions and Themes for Civic Learning

3. Talking Civics: Open Discussion in the Social Studies Classroom

4. Civic Communications: Writing and Expression for Civic Learning

5. Beyond "Current Events Fridays": Connecting Past to Present All Year Long

6. What’s the Problem? Civic Action Research in the Social Studies Classroom

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >