Social Studies Methods in Elementary Education is based on the belief that effective social studies education is a necessary step in promoting understanding of, and participation in, democratic societies. The material in the text prepares future elementary school teachers to provide their students this effective education.
This unique text addresses three fundamental questions to be considered when making instructional planning and delivery decisions: the question of what knowledge base students possess in order to approach varying levels of knowledge; the question of why social studies should be taught and learned, which helps to select relevant teaching materials and learning activities; and the question of how students should be taught, which is the essence of a method course. The book provides samples, examples, unit plan assignments, and reading resources as models for students to follow.
Social Studies Methods in Elementary Education is thought provoking, insightful, and user friendly. The book is an excellent resource for students who plan to teach at the elementary level, and who will be responsible for educating the next generation about the relevance of social studies in their lives and the importance of their participation in civil society.
Abalo Adewui earned his Ph.D. in curriculum instruction and educational leadership at Oklahoma State University. He is a professor of elementary social studies methodology and curriculum theory and development in the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University. Dr. Adewui has taught English and American Studies in both middle and high school and served as a teacher trainer and administrator in Africa. His research interests include teaching in non-traditional settings, service learning, critical thinking, and global connections and interdependency in social studies. He has presented and published on topics related to classroom teaching, social studies, and global issues.
Megan Elizabeth Angeli is a B.S. in elementary education candidate at Central Michigan University. Her teaching and research interests include science, social studies, and language arts instruction and assessment in the elementary and middle grades.
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