Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students / Edition 3

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Ideal for pre-service and in-service teachers, POWERFUL SOCIAL STUDIES FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS outlines ways to select content and teach history, geography, and social sciences more meaningfully. Hone skills in planning well-organized social studies instruction that produces positive student outcomes using developmentally appropriate content and methods to help your students 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.'
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"Powerful Social Studies for Elementary Students is an excellent text. It covers all of the main aspects needed for teacher candidates to plan for and teach the social studies content needed in our elementary schools. It offers many powerful activities at the end of each chapter to help teacher candidates apply their new knowledge."

"The text has excellent information. It is practical in nature..."

"...I know my students learn a great deal from the book. Most students continue to keep [it] not only for the rich social studies ideas, but also for all the clear and concise wisdom related to powerful teaching practices."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781111838065
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 3/29/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 569,830
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jere Brophy was a leading researcher and scholar in education. He was a University Distinguished Professor of Teacher Education at Michigan State University, where he taught from 1976 until his death in 2009.

Janet Alleman is a professor of teacher education and school administration at Michigan State. She focuses on curricular content and instructional methods as well as issues in teaching social studies at both the pre- and in-service levels. She serves on the NCSS Research Committee and on the Task Force for Scope and Sequence.

Anne-Lise Halvorsen is an assistant professor of teacher education specializing in social studies education. Her scholarship includes research on the history of education, social studies at the elementary level, curriculum policy, the integration of social studies and other subject areas, and early childhood education. Currently, she is doing work on the history of elementary social studies, the relationship between social studies instruction and student learning, and teacher knowledge and preparation in the social studies.

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Table of Contents

1. Elementary Social Studies: What is it? What might it become? 2. How can I build a Learning Community in my Classroom: Strategies for including all Children. 3. How do I select powerful Goals and powerful Content? 4. What Social Studies planning tools are available? 5. How can I teach History powerfully? 6. How can I teach Geography and Anthropology content powerfully? 7. How can I teach the other Social Science content powerfully? 8. How can I structure Classroom Discourse to help students develop Social Studies understandings? 9. How can I assess Student Learning? 10. What are some other Strategies for teaching Social Studies? 11. How can I design, implement, and evaluate Instructional Activities? 12. What is the role of Curricular Integration? 13. How can the Curriculum be expanded and made more powerful through Homework? 14: What is the Research Base that informs ideas about powerful Social Studies teaching?
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