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Social Studies Content And Curricular Knowledge

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This course focuses on the pedagogy and assessment strategies that enhance inquiry learning in the social studies classroom. Content knowledge, interdisciplinary teaching, curriculum, and assessment are emphasized. Teacher candidates will focus on enhancing the meaning of social studies concepts, developing critical thinking skills to include the use of social studies in other disciplinary areas, and creating real-life experiences for all learners.

This graduate-level course is 6 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6

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    Interdisciplinary Social Studies Curriculum

    • Evaluate strategies for incorporating interdisciplinary teaching in social studies.
    • Create a social studies literacy-integrated unit plan that would help students develop critical thinking skills.
    • Analyze the connection between literacy and social studies content learning.
    • Investigate strategies for incorporating writing strategies to a social studies context.

    Resources for Teaching Social Studies

    • Assess ways to research and use school and community resources for social studies instruction.
    • Analyze the technological resources and tools that enhance learning in social studies instruction.
    • Investigate methods for evaluating the quality of media resources for use in social studies instruction.

    Social Studies: Purpose and Place

    • Describe the importance of social studies instruction at the elementary level.
    • Analyze national and state social studies standards.
    • Examine major concepts for history, geography, civics and government, and economics.
    • Analyze the nature of citizenship education and its potential impact on students.

    Methodologies for Social Studies Instruction

    • Assess the importance of active learning in social studies.
    • Evaluate the use of primary and secondary sources in social studies instruction.
    • Explore ways to create engaging lesson plans and units for achieving curricular goals.
    • Describe the use of data from formative and summative assessments in planning.

    Teaching in the Diverse Classroom

    • Examine the influence of cultural diversity on curriculum and lesson design.
    • Investigate methods for incorporating culturally responsive instruction in social studies.
    • Analyze methods for creating student-centered social studies instruction.
    • Evaluate strategies for adapting instruction to meet the needs of culturally, academically, and linguistically diverse students.

    Instructional Practices and Assessment

    • Investigate strategies for teaching social studies skills and concepts.
    • Investigate strategies for using inquiry to develop reasoning skills in a social studies context.
    • Analyze the use of current events and simulations in social studies education.
    • Evaluate methods for assessing student understanding in a social studies context.
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