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Social Studies Education Can Be Powerful

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Let's ask some QUESTIONS! Social Studies Education Can Be Powerful! law
history
philosophy
political science
sociology
religion
psychology
geography
economics
archeology
anthropolgy What's included in Social Studies? 3 quotes
Social Studies Teaching and Learning Are Powerful When They Are:
Meaningful
Integrative
Value-Based
Challenging
Active Why is Social Studies powerful? Survey Question: Does the power of Social Studies effect everyone the same way? Does the power of the curriculum effect everyone in the same way? "Social Studies is powerful for everyone affected by it. When I'm teaching, I find social studies to be powerful [as the teacher] because it's relevant to every day situations in life that you may encounter. Students can find social studies powerful in so many different ways, it's hard to state exactly how. I think that anyone who has been around and/or learned about Social Studies before would say that it was powerful to them in one way or another." - Janette Henry, 5th Grade Teacher Who is Social Studies Powerful For? "The marginalization of social studies education at the elementary level has been documented repeatedly.1 According to a report by the Center on Education Policy, since the enactment of the “No Child Left Behind” federal education policy (NCLB), 44 percent of districts surveyed have reduced time for social studies. That percentage rose to 51 percent in districts with “failing schools.”2 Denying students the opportunity to build social studies vocabulary and background knowledge can lead to lower literacy levels and, ironically, increases the achievement gap."
"If the young learners of this nation are to become effective participants in a democratic society, then social studies must be an essential part of the curriculum in each of the elementary years. In a world that demands independent and cooperative problem solving to address complex social, economic, ethical, and personal concerns, core social studies content is as basic for success as reading, writing, and computing."
"Knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for informed and thoughtful participation in society require a systematically developed elementary program focused on concepts from the four core social studies disciplines: civics, economics, geography and history. When elementary students experience learning through a strong social studies program, they acquire a critical foundation for life-long participation as citizens." Quotes http://www.socialstudies.org/positions/elementary
As the World Turns Sources http://www.education.ky.gov/KDE/Instructional+Resources/Highly+Effective+Teaching+and+Learning/Characteristics+of+Highly+Effective+Social+Studies+Teaching+and+Learning.htm Sources http://www.socialstudies.org/positions/powerfulandpurposeful
http://www.socialstudies.org/positions/powerful Sources Reason 1: All teacher's are different Survey created by Megan Compton 20 people asked
All said NO! Reason 2: Not all students are the same "...you become expert at helping students develop a powerful understanding of social studies that enables them to be active citizens making well-considered decisions for the common good." http://www.education.com/reference/article/what-powerful-social-studies/
Interview/Quote taken from Janette Henry by Kelsie Henry Sources Yucht, A. (2003). As the World Turns. Library Media Connection, 22(2), 14.
Henry, K. (2012, September 5). Personal interview.
Compton, M. (2012, September 5). Personal interview.
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Characteristics of Highly Effective Social Studies Teaching and Learning. (n.d.). Kentucky Department of Education.
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