Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools (5th Edition)

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9780131591813: Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools (5th Edition)

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.

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This comprehensive introduction to the art, science, and craft of social studies teaching in the middle and secondary grades examines the origins and evolving state of the social studies and citizenship across the United States, provides "hands-on" guidelines for applying social studies theory to actual classroom practice, and explores the ferment, controversies, and challenges that characterize social studies teaching in the middle and secondary grades, today. It features an abundance of instructional models, applications, and examples -- all thoroughly grounded in proven theory, research, and practitioner wisdom.

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This comprehensive introduction to the craft, research, and theory of social studies teaching in the middle and secondary grades examines the origins and evolution of social studies and citizenship topics across the United States. Guidelines are provided to apply theory to classroom practice. Exploration is included of the ferment, controversies, and challenges that characterize today's social studies instruction in middle and secondary grades. The book contains complete coverage of standards related to social studies curriculum—including: the History Standards Project, the Geography Standards Project, the National Council on Economic Education Standards, National Standards for Civics and Government, and the NCSS Curriculum Standards. A full chapter on using technology to enhance instruction discusses multimedia, distance learning, telecommunications, the Internet, and the implication technology has on teaching social studies. This edition also includes expanded coverage of multicultural and global education topics, and an abundance of lesson plans, instructional models, applications, and examples—all thoroughly grounded in proven theory, research, and practitioner wisdom. For social studies teachers at the middle and secondary grade levels.

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