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Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools



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  • Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools
    Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools
    Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools
    Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools
  • Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools
    Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools


This comprehensive introduction to teaching social studies to middle and secondary school students includes many new ideas for teaching in our 21 st century classrooms. Continuing the tradition of social studies innovator Peter Martorella and taking a constructivist approach, the authors address current issues such as diversity, technology, inclusion, and teacher certification. Martorella believed that the fundamental purpose of social studies should be the development of reflective, competent, and concerned citizens. The goal of the book is to assist preservice and inservice middle and secondary teachers in becoming more effective teachers of social studies. To do this, the authors draw on theory, research, and the wisdom of experienced teachers. The text is organized in three parts: the origins of social studies, developing reflective and concerned citizens, and analyzing and improving the teaching of social studies. The book continues to address the need of helping students to develop a global perspective and become open-minded reflective citizens of the world. The blend of teacher insight, current research findings, and well-grounded theories give new and experienced educators the foundation they need to nurture and sustain effective social studies instruction.

Author Biography

Candy Beal is an Associate Professor and Advising Coordinator in the Middle Grades Language Arts and Social Studies Teacher Education Program at North Carolina State University.

Table of Contents

The State of Social Studies and Citizenship Education
Alternative Perspectives on the Social Studies
The Origins and Evolution of the Social Studies
Alternative Definitions of the Social Studies
The Contemporary Social Studies Teacher
Contemporary Social Studies
Citizenship Education as the Purpose of the Social Studies
Alternative Perspectives on a Curriculum for Effective Citizenship Education
The Enduring Goal of the Social Studies Curriculum: Reflective, Competent, and Concerned Citizens
Teaching and Learning Social Studies
Engaging Students in Constructing Knowledge
The Social Sciences as Sources of Subject Matter for the Social Studies
Other Sources of Subject Matter for the Social Studies
The School and Community as Sources of Social Data
Identifying Professional Resources
Developing Reflective, Competent, and Concerned Citizens
Organizing and Planning for Teaching Social Studies
Basic Issues in Planning Social Studies Instruction
Social Studies Goals for Instruction
Social Studies Objectives for Instruction
Organizing Subject Matter into Units
Organizing Subject Matter into Lessons
Classrooms as Environments for Learning
Creating and Managing the Classroom Environment
Balancing Goals and Objectives in the Curriculum: Linking the Head, the Hand, and the Heart
Guidelines for Social Studies Program Development
Variety in Instructional Planning
Engaging Students in Learning Through Small Groups, Questions, Role Playing, and Simulations
Grouping Students for Learning
Using Structured Questions to Aid Learning
Engaging Students in Role Playing and Simulations
Promoting Reflective Inquiry: Developing and Applying Concepts, Generalizations, and Hypotheses
Learning and Teaching Concepts
Learning and Teaching Facts and Generalizations
The Reflective Citizen and Problem Solving
Fostering Citizenship Competency
The Nature of Citizenship Skills
Social Skills
Research and Analysis Skills
Chronology Skills
Spatial Skills
Identifying and Using Reference Sources in Developing Skills
Activities for I
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