Social Studies for the Elementary and Middle Grades: A Constructivist Approach / Edition 2

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/* 2438L-2, Sunal, Cynthia Szymanski, Social Studies for the Elementary and Middle Grades: A Constructivist Approach.*/ Designed to help teachers facilitate students' development into problem solvers and decision makers who take an active role as citizens of the world. The authors provide interviews with exemplary teachers throughout the text help to put a face on the teaching of social studies and offer concrete examples of constructivist instruction. This book demonstrates how to use developmentally appropriate strategies to help students construct important social studies ideas and skills. "Time for Reflection: What do you think?" activities allow the reader to integrate their personal experiences and perspectives with text materials. Drawing upon their combined teaching experience of more than 25 years, the authors illustrate flexible strategies for teaching social studies to today's diverse learners. They provide readers with a structure of the knowledge to be learned, how to help students reconstruct present ideas, and how to translate theory and recent research into lesson plans and units. Readers also receive practical applications of constructivist theory by the numerous classroom scenarios and lesson plans that appear throughout the book. Explanations and examples throughout the text help the reader arrive at more appropriate and accurate conceptions and reflection and the application of these ideas to their teaching. The book supports the reader with many opportunities for reflection on classroom events, analysis of classroom scenarios, consideration of interviews with exemplary social studies teachers, and analysis of classroom-testedlesson plans that focus on all content areas. Designed for elementary and middle school social studies faculty(K-8).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205324385
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 462
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Meaningful Social Studies and the Student 1
Ch. 2 Teaching for Meaningful Learning in Social Studies 21
Ch. 3 Helping Students Develop Social Studies Inquiry Skills 45
Ch. 4 Helping Students Construct Concepts 79
Ch. 5 Helping Students Use Inquiry to Build Generalizations 108
Ch. 6 Using Instructional Strategies That Help Students Learn 123
Ch. 7 Helping Students Relate to Individuals and Communities 159
Ch. 8 Helping Students Become Citizens in a Democratic Society in an Ever More Interdependent World 193
Ch. 9 Helping All Students Experience Meaningful Social Studies 230
Ch. 10 Helping Students Interpret History 250
Ch. 11 Helping Students Interpret the Earth and Its People through Geography 289
Ch. 12 Helping Students Make Economic Decisions 327
Ch. 13 Helping Students Learn through Multiple Assessments and Evaluation 360
Ch. 14 Planning Units of Various Lengths and Formats 387
Ch. 15 Helping Students Learn Social Studies with Technology 412
References 437
Index 451
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