Teaching Social Studies in Elementary Schools: A Social Constructivist Approach

Paperback | January 7, 2008

bySusan E Gibson

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In this new text for the Education market, Susan Gibson uses a constructivist framework to guide teacher candidates learning how to teach Social Studies at the elementary level. The basis premise of constructivism is students learn by fitting new information together with what they already know, and students active engagement. Constructivism is the opposite of a didactic approach to teaching, wherein teachers lecture and students receive information sitting passively at their desks. Our author believes that teachers? beliefs about how students learn and the role the teacher plays in that learning affects their decision making across all aspects of planning, instruction, resource selection and reflective exercises.

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In this new text for the Education market, Susan Gibson uses a constructivist framework to guide teacher candidates learning how to teach Social Studies at the elementary level. The basis premise of constructivism is students learn by fitting new information together with what they already know, and students active engagement. Constr...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.19 × 7.38 × 0.5 inPublished:January 7, 2008Publisher:Nelson College IndigenousLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0176104380

ISBN - 13:9780176104382

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PrefaceIntroduction Chapter 1 Deciding on your goals for your social studies programChapter 2 Applying a social constructivism framework Part One: Why is social studies taught in elementary schools? Chapter 3 What is social studies all about?Chapter 4 What does citizenship education have to do with elementary social studies? Part Two: How do you select and organize social studies content for teaching?Chapter 5 How can the curriculum shape our thinking about social studies content?Chapter 6 What other factors affect your social studies content choices? Part Three: How do you locate and choose resources to assist in teaching social studies content?Chapter 7 What factors might influence your selection of resources for your social studies program?Chapter 8 Why use childrens literature in social studies?Chapter 9 How can computers technologies be used as social studies resources?Part Four: What activity ideas would help you to meet your goals?Chapter 10 What approach to teaching would best meet your social studies goals?Chapter 11 How can learning activities help to meet your social studies goals?Chapter 12 How can computer technologies help to enhance learning? Part Five: How should childrens learning in social studies be assessed?Chapter 13 What different types of approaches to assessment in social studies are there? ClosureChapter 14 Pulling It all togetherEpilogue: The Journey Continues?