Social Studies Review

Social Studies Review is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 46, No. 2, Spring

A Simple Activity to Engage Educators, Community, or Students in Thinking about Civic Education: The Citizenship Brainstorm
This brainstorm activity has been used to introduce teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and students to the Civic Mission of Schools by having them think about the attributes of an informed, effective citizen. Teachers have used this...
Failure Mindsets versus Failing Actions
Student X receives his test score on a United States History examination and did not pass. Out of a possible 100 points, he earned a 45%. Student Y received a "C" grade, while Student Z earns an "A". Which of these students failed in your opinion?Would...
Focus on an Educator
Looking out from my window on the train, I mused about the endless rows of houses. It was like a picture of history - newer subdivisions with large, ranch-style homes, older subdivisions of small, two bedroom homes with one-car garages, and finally some...
Globalization, Cultural Migration and Its Impact on the Ndjukan Rain Forest Tribe
Grade Level:* High School: 9-12Social Science Disciplines:World Geography, Global StudiesNCSS Thematic Strands:(A) I. Culture(B) IX. Global ConnectionsPerformance Expectations: Grades 9-12(A) I. d. Compare and analyze societal patterns for preserving...
Human Being in the Classroom
Consider the case of a teacher who is presenting a lesson. A core of students really understand and are learning the skills being taught. These students are on the "edge of their seats". They have their hands raised and are participating in discussions,...
Observing Constitution Day
The U.S. Constitution has a rich history. Just as Americans have struggled through the years to interpret and apply its meaning, scholars have engaged in great debates over the Constitution's legacy. When President George W. Bush signed H.R. 4818, the...
Policy Considerations for the California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools
"No one is born a good citizen; no nation is born a democracy. Rather both are processes that continue to evolve over a lifetime. "Kofi Annan,United Nations Secretary-GeneralThe California Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools takes secretary Annan's...
Sending a Message? Use Stamps!
PurposeUsing stamps for instruction is an easy and effective way to encourage students to explore social studies topics. There are stamps to complement every area of the curriculum and every student's interests. Learning about the people, places and...
Strengthening Civic Education in California's Schools: The California Campaign's Pilot Schools
IntroductionThe California Campaign to promote the civic mission of schools differs from other states in that we had the opportunity to work closely with schools to promote the six promising approaches outlined in the Civic Mission of Schools report...
Teaching History-Social Studies: A Social Action Approach
A lot of challenges abound for the teaching of history-social studies in schools. Teachers of history and social studies are frequently looking for ways to get students' attention and interest as well as be able to sustain them on an ongoing basis. Students'...
The California Survey of Civic Education
"The qualifications for self-government are not innate. They are the result of habit and long training."-Thomas JeffersonDemocracy's Health at RiskThroughout the history of our country's public education system, a primary mission has been the civic education...
The Civic Mission of Our Nation's Schools
"Democracy needs to be reborn in each generation and education is its mid-wife"-John Dewey, leading 20th Century Education TheoristOur Nation is Confronted by Twin Problems: Disengagement and Lack of Civic EducationAmericans value and cherish the ideals...
The Land of the Inca
The following lesson plan was taken from National Geographic Xpeditions website: www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/01/gk2/landinca.html (Maps customized by Al M. Rocca)Overview:This lesson will introduce students to the ancient Inca people...
The Muslim World: Its Time, Continuity and Change
Iftikhar Ahmad is an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Long Island University, C. W. Post Campus. Ahmad's research focuses on social studies, citizenship education, and comparative education. His book Citizenship Education: Political...
The Right Stuff: Civic Education Resources Teachers Can Use Today
We all know that if you want to be successful in shifting educational paradigms, institutionalizing new programs, or changing school cultures, it takes a concerted effort to engage constituents on all fronts: at the state legislature and state board...
Towards a Rebirth for Civics
California's highly regarded framework of instruction for history-social science describes knowledge and cultural understanding, democratic understanding, and civic values and skills attainment and social participation as the three broad goals of history-social...