Search results for: Social studies
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Social Studies Teacher Candidates' Views on the Controversial Issues Incorporated into their Courses in Turkey
The purpose of this study was to ascertain social studies teacher candidates' views on the controversial issues involved in their courses in Turkey. The study was based on semi-structured interviews with 15 teacher candidates. It was found that controversial issues were not sufficiently included in teacher candidates' courses and that teacher candidates have difficulty in discussing critical issues in class.
Updated: May. 25, 2010
Strategies for Preparing Preservice Social Studies Teachers to Integrate Technology Effectively: Models and Practices
This article describes strategies used by the authors to assist preservice social studies teachers with understanding and applying models and practices for effectively integrating technology into their future classrooms—thus, strengthening the link between technology, pedagogy and content. Efforts with preservice teachers described here have been informed by the authors’ successes assisting in-service teachers with understanding how technology can empower inquiry-based teaching practices in social studies classrooms, as well as efforts to more fully integrate technology into the overall teacher education programs at the authors’ institutions.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2010
Sticky Points: Teacher Educators Re-examine their Practice in light of a New Alberta Social Studies Program and its Inclusion of Aboriginal Perspectives
In this study, a group of teacher educators converse about their teaching practice in light of a new provincial K-12 program of social studies. The most noteworthy feature of this new program is its explicit call for teachers to include Aboriginal and Francophone perspectives as they teach to the program's two central themes of “identity” and “citizenship”. The author reads teacher educators' conversations about their practice to identify a set of educational questions that the author argues speak both to and beyond this specific programmatic context.
Updated: Jan. 31, 2010
Are We Preparing Young People for 21st -Century Citizenship With 20th-Century Thinking? A Case for a Virtual Laboratory of Democracy
The author suggests that in order to prepare young people for online civic participation, a publicly supported virtual laboratory of democracy should be created. Such a laboratory will enable young people to become socialized to an online civic society and to learn how to act—in a civic manner—upon issues of importance to them and the larger society.
Updated: Mar. 02, 2009
Effects of Multimedia Software on Achievement of Middle School Students in an American History Class
This study investigated social studies achievement as a result of utilizing a multimedia-based American history software program (Ignite Early American History, 2003) to augment textbook and lecture materials for seventh-grade middle school history students. The instructional software used was an interactive multimedia program designed to teach middle school students through video, song, animation, text, and other media to develop critical thinking skills while acquiring knowledge of required content strands (Ignite Learning, 2003).
Updated: Dec. 29, 2008
The article examines reflection as a widely accepted process in teacher education. The nature of reflection has recently been challenged by the socially situated and critical, as they try to engage teachers in the broader social context. The study examines the use of critical social reflection in two social studies methods courses.
Updated: Mar. 18, 2008
This study investigated how middle school students’ comprehension was impacted by reading social studies texts online with a pop-up dictionary function for every word in the text. A quantitative counterbalance design was used to determine how 129 middle school students’ reading comprehension test scores for the pop-up dictionary reading differed from test scores for reading hard-copy texts or an online text without the dictionary.
Updated: Mar. 09, 2008