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EDUC543 - Issues, Methods, and Materials in Teaching Social Studies

Course Details

Course Code: EDUC543 Course ID: 2801 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

This course examines the purposes, significant issues, and current trends which affect social science and history subject matter in the elementary and secondary schools. It includes an exploration of the materials and techniques for effective teaching of the social studies with an emphasis on the selection and organization of classroom methods and materials to accelerate the preadolescent and adolescent child’s understanding of their social and global environment; the criteria to select appropriate social studies content, skills, and attitudinal objectives; teaching strategies; the inclusion of instructional technology in the classroom setting; and the evaluation procedures that facilitate the social learning of young children and adolescents. It also addresses the cultural, economic, political, and social development of students living in a multicultural and global environment, as well as the scope and sequencing of history and social studies courses in the school curriculum.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 12/22/19 Summer 2019 Session C 16 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

1. Describe the foundations, status, and major forces of influence on the teaching of social studies. (WVPTS: 1A1,1A2,1B1,1B2,1C1,1C2,1C3, 1D1,1D2,2A3, 3A1,3A3); (ISTE: 1b,c,2a,b,c)
2. Discuss learning principles related to teaching social studies. (WVPTS: 1A1,1A2, 1B1,1B2,1C1,1C2,1C3, 1D1,1D2,2A3,3A1,3A3); (ISTE: 1b,c,2a,b,c)
3. Discuss the issues and challenges related to social studies curricula in elementary and secondary schools. (WVPTS: 1A1,1A2,1B1,1B2,1C1,1C2,1C3, 1D1,1D2,2A3,3A1,3A3); (ISTE: 1b,c,2a,b,c)
4. Describe current social studies curriculum development trends. (WVPTS: 1A1,1A2,1B1,1B2,1C1,1C2,1C3, 1D1,1D2,2A3,3A1,3A3); (ISTE: 1b,c,2a,b,c)
5. Adapt effective principles of teaching to social studies instruction to a diverse student body. . (WVPTS: 1A1,1A2, 1B1,1B2,1C1, 1C2,1C3,1D1,1D2, 2A1,2A3,3A1,3A3,3D2,3D3); (ISTE: 1b,c,2a,b,c)
6. Implement learner-centered and challenging social studies strategies that meet student needs. . (WVPTS: 1A1,1A2, 1B1,1B2,1C1, 1C2,1C3,1D1,1D2, 2A1,2A3,3A1,3A3,3D2,3D3); (ISTE: 1b,c,2a,b,c)
7. Discuss the “NCSS” competencies and explain how they can be incorporated into the classroom lessons. (WVPTS: 1A1,1A2, 1B1,1B2,1C1,1C2,1C3, 1D1,1D2,2A1, 2A3,3A1,3A3,3D2,3D3); (ISTE: 1b,c,2a,b,c)
8. Evaluate current textbooks and curriculum materials in the social studies and discuss how well student and societal needs are being met. (WVPTS: 1A1,1A2, 1B1,1B2,1C1,1C2,1C3,1D1,1D2,2A1,2A3, 3A1,3A3,3D2,3D3); (ISTE: 1b,c,2a,b,c,4a,b,c,d)

Course Textbooks:

Two texts are required for this course.

Martorella, P.H., Beal, C.M., & Mason-Bolick, C. (2008). Teaching social studies in middle and secondary schools (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education, Inc.

ISBN: 978-0131591813

Wallace, M. (2006). Social Studies: All day, every day in the early childhood classroom. Clifton Park, NY: Thomson Delmar Learning.

ISBN: 140188197-1

Recommended Textbook for the degree program:
In addition to the required texts in this course, you are strongly encouraged to purchase the latest addition of the Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Currently 6th Ed.) if you have not previously purchased this resource.

Note: Regardless of your specialty as a pre-service elementary or secondary teacher, both books are required. It is imperative both levels of teaching are familiar with the requirements of the other level.

Book Title:Social Studies : All Day Every Day
ISBN:9781401881979
Publication Info:Delmar Learning
Author:Wallace, Melanie
Unit Cost:$96.02
Book Title:Teaching Social Studies in Middle and Secondary Schools, 6th ed.
ISBN:9780132698108
Publication Info:Pearson
Author:Martorella, Peter H.
Unit Cost:$148.92

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.