Teaching Social Studies that Matters: Curriculum for Active Learning / Edition 1

Teaching Social Studies that Matters: Curriculum for Active Learning / Edition 1

by Stephen Thornton
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807745227

ISBN-13: 9780807745229

Pub. Date: 11/08/2004

Publisher: Teachers College Press

No plan to increase achievement and enact reform in the social studies classroom will succeed without recognizing the central importance of the teacher as the "gatekeeper" of instruction. In this book, Thornton details why teachers must develop strong skills in curriculum planning and teaching methods in order for effective instruction to occur. Thornton helps

Overview

No plan to increase achievement and enact reform in the social studies classroom will succeed without recognizing the central importance of the teacher as the "gatekeeper" of instruction. In this book, Thornton details why teachers must develop strong skills in curriculum planning and teaching methods in order for effective instruction to occur. Thornton helps teachers to develop a vision of their practice that will build strong social studies programs and inspire students to learn.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807745229
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
11/08/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
821,349
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction: Making Social Studies Matter1
1Why Gatekeeping Matters More Than Curriculum Change10
Defining Social Studies11
Aims Talk17
Subject Matter and Methods22
Student Interest and Effort24
2How Has the Social Studies Curriculum Been Organized?27
Emergence of Social Studies as a School Subject27
Where Should the Curriculum Developer Begin?30
Social Studies as Social Science: The Survey of American History32
Social Studies as Social Education: Problems of Democracy39
3Aims Must Matter45
Aims Talk Matters45
The Student as a Source of Aims48
Society as a Source of Aims52
Scholarship as a Source of Aims54
4Toward a Balanced and Flexible Curriculum57
Conceptualizing Curriculum Planning58
Connections Between Goals and Subject Matter59
Teachers and the Curriculum67
Curriculum Reconsidered69
5Methods73
Curriculum Reform and the Neglect of Methods73
From Curriculum to Method77
Principled Selection of Methods80
Lesson Types82
Conclusion87
6Educating the Educators88
Subject-Matter Preparation89
Obstacles to Effective Methods Courses97
Toward More Effective Methods99
Method and Curriculum Materials101
Conclusion103
7Enactment of Curriculum That Matters104
References109
Index123
About the Author129

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