Social Studies for Secondary Schools: Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach

Social Studies for Secondary Schools: Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach

Social Studies for Secondary Schools: Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach

Social Studies for Secondary Schools: Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach

Synopsis

Comprehensive social studies teaching handbook introduces preservice and inservice teachers to a multicultural, thematic, transformative approach for secondary social studies education.

Excerpt

This book integrates discussions of educational goals and the nature of history and social studies with ideas for organizing social studies curricula, units, lessons, projects, and activities. Many sections include lesson ideas developed by new and experienced middle school and high school social studies teachers. A major theme woven throughout the book is that what we choose to teach and the way we teach reflect our broader understanding of society, history, and the purpose of social studies education.

The book is intended as either a primary or supportive text in methods courses for undergraduate and graduate preservice social studies teachers. However, it should also be useful for inservice training programs, as a reference for new social studies teachers, and as a resource for experienced social studies educators who are engaged in rethinking their teaching practice.

The first part of this volume, "Thinking About Social Studies," includes chapters that focus on philosophical issues like the reasons for teaching and studying social studies (chap. 1), social studies goals (chap. 2), and the design of social studies curricula (chap. 3). The second part, "Preparing to Teach Social Studies," is intended to be more practical. It examines strategies for planning social studies units (chap. 4) and lessons (chaps. 5 and 6), and includes many sample lesson ideas. The third part, "Implementing Your Ideas, "explores topics like thematic and interdisciplinary teaching (chap. 7), a project approach to social studies (chap. 8), and assessing student learning and our own performance as teachers (chap. 9). It concludes with a guide to social studies resource materials and organizations (chap. 10).

Every chapter addresses a broad question about social studies education. Subchapters begin with narrower questions that direct attention to specific educational issues. Chapters conclude with essays about related social studies topics. They also include sources for further reading, lesson "examples," and teaching, learning, and classroom activities designed to provoke discussion and illustrate different approaches to teaching social studies. Inserts labeled as TEACHING ACTIVITIES are assignments and topics for discussion by students in university methods courses and social studies teachers. CLASSROOM

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