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					Welcome to social
studies methods

       TLT 431 / Hammond
           Lehigh University
     Spring, 2008; session 1
Introductions
• Name
• Program
• Future classroom
Syllabus
• Information for you vs. information for PDE

• Why these textbooks?

• Websites
  – Blackboard (bb.lehigh.edu)
  – Wiki (hammond.seedwiki.com)
  – Bookmarks (del.icio.us/tchammond)


• Course map vs. record of activities
What is social studies? (MBB, Ch. 1)
• “the utilization of social science data as a force in
  improvement of human welfare” ?

• “[studies] whose subject matter relates directly to the
  organization and development of human society, and to
  man as a member of social groups” ?

• “the social sciences simplified for
  pedagogical purposes” ?

• “citizenship education” ?
What is social studies?
• “A schizophrenic bastard child” ?
• Just one darn thing after another ?
• Things I learned and then forgot after the
  test ?
• Fun, but not really useful ?
• A distraction from reading and math
  instructional time ?
• The master subject; everything else in
  some way, shape or form is related to
  social studies ?
What is social studies? (MBB, p. 19)
• Selected information and modes of
  investigation from the social sciences;

• Selected information from any area that
  relates directly to an understanding of
  individuals, groups, and societies; and

• Applications of the selected information to
  citizenship education.
What is social studies? (NCSS)
• [T]he integrated study of the social sciences and
  humanities to promote civic competence. Within
  the school program, social studies provides
  coordinated, systematic study drawing upon
  such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology,
  economics, geography, history, law, philosophy,
  political science, psychology, religion, and
  sociology, as well as appropriate content
  from the humanities, mathematics, and
  natural sciences.
What is social studies? (NCSS)
• [T]he integrated study of the social sciences and
  humanities to promote civic competence. Within
  the school program, social studies provides
  coordinated, systematic study drawing upon
  such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology,
  economics, geography, history, law, philosophy,
  political science, psychology, religion, and
  sociology, as well as appropriate content
  from the humanities, mathematics, and
  natural sciences.
What is social studies? (NCSS, cont’d)
• ...The primary purpose of social studies is
  to help young people develop the ability to
  make informed and reasoned decisions for
  the public good as citizens of a culturally
  diverse, democratic society in an
  interdependent world.
What is social studies? (NCSS, cont’d)
• ...The primary purpose of social studies is
  to help young people develop the ability to
  make informed and reasoned decisions for
  the public good as citizens of a culturally
  diverse, democratic society in an
  interdependent world.
Social studies is a paradox
• You learn it when you’re young, but you
  can’t “use” it until you’re older

• Decision-making or deliberation requires
  knowledge/understandings AND
  skills...which to teach “first”?

• Value-neutral / objective instruction
  vs. versions of public good
Social studies is a legacy
 It’s a legacy of Progressivism, and hence it
 inherits

 – All the paradoxes of Progressivism (e.g.,
   social uplift but through lens of technocrats /
   upper class), and

 – All the baggage of Progressivism (e.g.,
   political opposition from conservatives,
   radicals)
Social studies is (etc.)
• Disciplinary (history, geography, economics, civics)
• Interdisciplinary

• Social reconstruction
• Social reproduction

• “New Social Studies”
• Master narrative

• Standards-based
• Accountable (high stakes tested)
What is powerful social studies?
Social studies teaching and learning are powerful
  when they are...

     ...meaningful

     ...integrative

     ...value-based

     ...challenging
What is social studies methods?
• As a course of study, a formal introduction
  to social studies instruction
  – content vs. pedagogy?
  – observation vs. practice?
What are social studies methods?
• As a course of study, a formal introduction
  to social studies instruction
  – content vs. pedagogy?
  – observation vs. practice?

• As a pedagogical concept, they’re
  instructional strategies
skits map work community action project        graphs
literature circles data collection posters dressing
up dolls re-enactments simulations worksheets
interviews assigned reading book reports lecture
reader’s theater slideshows diagrams research
current events blog quizzes essays storytelling
newspapers primary source interpretation problem-
based learning using references enactives
debates timelines globe work inquiry collage
webquests term papers field trips political
cartoons deliberating flash cards visual discovery
media analysis history wiki bumper stickers
presentations historical tableaus storytelling
dramatic recitations pen pals creating brochures
designing games investigating guest speakers
watching media textbook criticism making media
skits map work community action project        graphs
literature circles data collection posters dressing
up dolls re-enactments simulations worksheets
interviews assigned reading book reports lecture
reader’s theater slideshows diagrams research
current events blog quizzes essays storytelling
newspapers primary source interpretation problem-
based learning using references enactives
debates timelines globe work inquiry collage
webquests term papers field trips political
cartoons deliberating flash cards visual discovery
media analysis history wiki bumper stickers
presentations historical tableaus storytelling
dramatic recitations pen pals creating brochures
designing games investigating guest speakers
watching media textbook criticism making media
skits map work community action project        graphs
literature circles data collection posters dressing
up dolls re-enactments simulations worksheets
interviews assigned reading book reports lecture
reader’s theater slideshows diagrams research
current events blog quizzes essays storytelling
newspapers primary source interpretation problem-
based learning using references enactives
debates timelines globe work inquiry collage
webquests term papers field trips political
cartoons deliberating flash cards visual discovery
media analysis history wiki bumper stickers
presentations historical tableaus storytelling
dramatic recitations pen pals creating brochures
designing games investigating guest speakers
watching media textbook criticism making media
skits map work community action project        graphs
literature circles data collection posters dressing
up dolls re-enactments simulations worksheets
interviews assigned reading book reports lecture
reader’s theater slideshows diagrams research
current events blog quizzes essays storytelling
newspapers primary source interpretation problem-
based learning using references enactives
debates timelines globe work inquiry collage
webquests term papers field trips political
cartoons deliberating flash cards visual discovery
media analysis history wiki bumper stickers
presentations historical tableaus storytelling
dramatic recitations pen pals creating brochures
designing games investigating guest speakers
watching media textbook criticism making media
Technology & social studies
• New opportunities for teaching & learning

• Modeling in this class

• Exploring through your assignments

				
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