Social Studies Today: Research and Practice

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Social Studies Today: Research and Practice inspires educators to think freshly and knowingly about social studies education in the early years of the twenty-first century. Written by the field's leading scholars, this collection provokes readers to consider the relationship of research and practice as they think through some of the most interesting challenges that animate social studies education today.

Contributors to this volume include luminaries like James Banks, Carole Hahn, Keith Barton, Geneva Gay, Steve Thornton, Linda Levstik, Sam Wineburg, Fred Newmann, and more. Each chapter tackles a specific issue and includes discussion of topics such as teaching history, learning tolerance, assessment, globalization, children's literature, culturally relevant pedagogy, and teaching about genocide. Walter C. Parker not only pulled these chapters together but also contributes two of his own-both of which are sure to be cited as key works of this era.

Accessible, compelling, and full of rich examples and illustrations, this collection showcases some of the most original thinking in the field and offers pre- and in-service teachers alike new ways to improve social studies instruction.

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"...anyone with an interest in social studies research and practice will find these essays useful. Recommended."—CHOICE

"All social studies professionals and stakeholders concerned with the social studies curriculum in our schools should read this book."—Education Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415992879
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/29/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 706,431
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter C. Parker is Professor and Chair of Social Studies Education and (by courtesy) Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix


1 Social Studies Education eC21 Walter C. Parker 3

Part I Purpose Matters

2 Social Studies and the Social Order: Transmission or Transformation? William B. Stanley 17

3 The Social Studies Wars, Now and Then Ronald W. Evans 25

4 Why Don't More History Teachers Engage Students in Interpretation? Keith C. Barton Linda S. Levstik 35

5 High-Stakes Testing: How are Social Studies Teachers Responding? S.G. Grant 43

6 Authentic Intellectual Work: Common Standards for Teaching Social Studies M. Bruce King Fred M. Newmann Dana L. Carmichael 53

Part II Perspective Matters

7 Education and Diversity James A. Banks Peter Cookson Geneva Gay Willis D. Hawley Jacqueline Jordan Irvine Sonia Nieto Janet Ward Schofield Walter G. Stephan 67

8 Isn't Culturally Responsive Instruction Just Good Teaching? Kathryn H. Au 77

9 Silence on Gays and Lesbians in Social Studies Curriculum Stephen J. Thornton 87

10 Race, Gender, and the Teaching and Learning of National History Terrie Epstein Jessica Shiller 95

Part III Subject Matters

11 What Can Forrest Gump Tell Us about Students' Historical Understanding? Sam Wineburg Susan Mosborg Dan Porat 105

12 What Does It Mean to think Historically . . . and How Do you Teach It? Bruce A. Vansledright 113

13 Maps and Map Learning in Social Studies Sarah Witham Bednarz Gillian Acheson Robert S. Bednarz 121

14 What Do Children Know about Cultural Universals? Jere Brophy Janet Alleman 133

15 High Quality Civic Education: What Is It and Who Gets It? Joseph Kahne Ellen Middaugh 141

16 Holocaust Fatigue in Teaching Today Simone Schweber 151

Part IV Global Matters

17 How Are Teachers Responding to Globalization? Merry M. Merryfield Masataka Kasai 165

18 Using Literature to Teach about Others: The Case of Shabanu Margaret Smith Crocco 175

19 The Two World Histories Ross E. Dunn 183

20 Teaching Civic Engagement in Five Societies Carole L. Hahn 197

Part V Puzzles

21 Discussion in Social Studies: Is it Worth the Trouble? Diana E. Hess 205

22 What Constrains Meaningful Social Studies Teaching? Catherine Cornbleth 215

23 What is the Connection between Curriculum and Instruction? Avner Segall 225

24 Can Tolerance be Taught? Patricia G. Avery 235


25 Idiocy, Puberty, and Citizenship: The Road Ahead Walter C. Parker 247

Permissions 261

Index 263

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