Social Studies Review

Social Studies Review is a magazine focusing on Social Sciences

Articles from Vol. 52, 2013

Common Core State Standards and Economics: Reading like a Detective, Writing like a Reporter, and Thinking like an Economist
Common Core State Standards (CCSS), is an initiative to develop common English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards across the country to prepare students with the skills and knowledge to be successful in college and in a career. The CCSS is...
Discovering Amerigo!
Both San Marino and the Cook Islands have minted commemorative 2012 coins honoring Amerigo Vespucci. What could be the reasoning for this coincidental timing of both nations' mints? On both coins it states "500th anniversary." Of what is it the anniversary?...
Economics, Common Core State Standards, and the Fourth R
For all of his intellectual limitations, Gump was a fount of unexpected wisdom, and with that homespun observation he could have been talking about chocolate's immense range of possibilities as a teaching tool. Whether it is through fiction (Curious...
Elementary School Economic Education: A Student-Teacher's Perspective
Introduction: The State of Economic EducationIn the year 2008, the United States experienced the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression in what has since been termed the Great Recession. GDP contracted, unemployment rose above 9%, and, without...
From the Editor
As a beginning teacher, I paid very little attention to economic education. However, in hindsight, I did manage to teach - on a daily basis - some foundational principles of economics. I did so because I had a problem to solve and I looked for a real-world...
Historiography and the High School Teacher
When the word historiography appears in conversation, in a college classroom, or in graduate courses, questions arise in many students. Historiography is not a word that many future high school teachers see as they begin their path toward a history/social...
Let's Move Forward in the Same Direction: Using the Common Core State Standards
The many complexities of American Indian studies cannot be covered in a few short weeks. This article serves as an introduction to the topic and provides a baseline for further study. The unit described supports the effortless attainment of several Common...
Looking at History through an Economics Lens: A Short History of North American Slavery from an Economic Point of View
Mr. Zambelli is Director of the San Diego Center for Economics Education. He is an instructor in the Business and Professional Studies Department at Cuyamaca College where he teaches Principles of Micro and Macro Economics. He is a recipient of the Cuyamaca...
Mom, Have You Ever Seen a Real Indian? the Intersection of Personal Identity and Social Studies Education
The Indian "Problem"In the context of U.S. history, the words "Indian Problem" have referred to the many ways that the dominant culture has attempted to assimilate, remove, or otherwise force indigenous people into being "civilized" (Jackson, 1994; Loewen,...
My First Year Teaching Economics
Having finished my credential in spring of 2012, I entered the teaching profession in perhaps one of the least friendly job markets for teachers in decades. Despite this I happily planned to put in my time - in the trenches as a substitute teacher. However,...
Not Just for Seniors: Making Space for Economics in K-11
Each fall, I ask students in my Economics for Teachers class, "What do you think is most challenging about learning (or teaching) economics?"! Answers typically boil down to two main problems: 1) Economics is boring/not relevant to students' lives, and...
Resources for Economic Educators
IntroductionCertainly the events of the last five or six years have made us aware of the importance of improving economic education. Well, okay, maybe that wasn't the first reaction when the stock market crashed in the fall of 2008. People were panicked,...
Teaching Personal Finance? Don't Forget the Economics!
The past five years have been challenging ones for many people in managing their finances. The collapse of the housing market, volatility in other financial and commodity markets, and high rates of unemployment have all contributed to financial insecurity...
The Case for Economic Education in the K-12 Classroom
I'm excited to be guest editor of this issue of the California Social Studies Review because this is an opportunity to clear up many misconceptions about economics and its role in the K-12 curriculum. Let's begin by disabusing readers of some of the...
What's Wrong and What Is Missing from K-12 Economic Education?
Economics: Resources and GoalsAs described in the introduction to this issue of the Social Studies Review, many people have some serious misconceptions about economics. In this article, we will attempt to correct some of those. The first is the concept...
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