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Written for the elementary social studies methods course, this "interactive" program combines features of a textbook and a workbook, with thorough integration between the print text and a dynamic web site. Increasingly, majors in elementary education (if not the population at large) are more attuned to reading interactive material with relatively brief narrative, bulleted items, text boxes, and targeted messages (like web pages) rather than traditional, denser text. To accommodate these preferences, the layout of the print text features a larger-than-usual font, an 8 x 11" trim size, and spiral binding, and the content includes an abundance of bulleted lists, shaded text boxes, and contemporary graphics. The program's interactive approach and flexibility allow the professor to model the kinds of teaching principles and practices that students will want to use in their own elementary school classrooms. These principles and practices are integrated throughout the text and include a focus on active-learning strategies, application of constructivist principles, focus on Big Ideas and thinking skills, use of the Internet, and modeling of Best Practices and Performance-based assessments (based on INTASC and NCATE standard). Thus, the book will serve as a springboard for classroom activities, web site explorations, and/or instructor-led activities.
Table of Contents
|Introduction to Social Studies Fundamental Goals|
|What Is Social Studies Education?|
|Social Studies Knowledge|
|Multicultural and Global Education|
|Planning Social Studies Instruction|
|Expanding Communities and Core Knowledge Frameworks|
|Choreography of Instruction|
|Internet Resources, Sources and Safety|
|Creating Lesson Plans Using Internet Resources|
|Adapting Internet Activities and Lesson Plans to Your Classroom|
|Assessing Student Learning in Social Studies|
|Social Studies Disciplines, Standards, and Internet Resources|
|National and State Standards|
|Social Studies, Standards, and Internet Resources|
|History, Standards, and Internet Resources|
|Economics, Standards, and Internet Resources|
|Geography, Standards, and Internet Resources|
|Government, Standards, and Internet Resources|
|Social Sciences, Topical Approaches, and Internet Resources|
|Literacy and Basic Skills in Social Studies|
|Reading Strategies for Social Studies|
|The Crucial Role of Social Studies Vocabulary|
|Textbooks and Social Studies Instruction|
|Children's Literature and Social Studies Instruction|
|Writing and Presentations|
|Primary Documents and Realia|
|Charts and Statistics|
|Creating and Interpreting Maps|
|Chronological Thinking and Timelines|
|Social Studies Instructional Approaches|
|Strategies and Direct and Indirect Instruction|
|Active Versus Passive Learning|
|Critical Thinking Skills|
|Problem Solving and Decision Making|
|Social Studies Methods|
|Modeling and Metacognition|
|Practice and Homework|
|Self-Directed Learning and Learning Centers|
|Role Playing and Games|
|Discussion and Case Studies|
|Service Learning, Field Trips and Guests Speakers|
|Video and Sound Recordings|
|What You Have Learned|
|List of Assignments and INTASC|
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