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Teaching and Learning Elementary Social Studies, 9th edition

  • Arthur K Ellis

Published by Pearson (March 31st 2010) - Copyright © 2011

9th edition

Teaching and Learning Elementary Social Studies

ISBN-13: 9780137039494

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Are you looking for a practical elementary social studies methods text that provides a strong balance between the theory and effective practice? Take a moment to explore the ninth edition of Teaching and Learning Elementary Social Studies today. This well-respected textexplains, illustrates, and encourages developmentally appropriate practice while promoting engaged, exploratory learning and reflection.  A host of practical lessons are found throughout the book, as examples and launching points for effective social studies teaching.  A central purpose of the book is to address and nurture the strategies and tactics necessary to achieving the social studies goals of participatory citizenship, knowledge of our world, self-realization and regulation, and social and moral growth


More than in any previous edition, Art Ellis prepares you for the realities of teaching social studies today!

  • New coverage of the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS) Standards as well as the knowledge base children should have.
  • Additional lessons and activities have been added throughout and all are now linked directly to the NCSS Standards.
  • Additional insights from such theorists as Jerome Bruner, Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, John Dewy, and more.
  • New and additional coverage of the idea of children as researchers, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, connections to literature, and citizenship education.
  • New coverage of teaching and learning strategies, children as makers and readers of maps, and literacy including electronic/media/information literacy.
  • New/Updated content on character education, moral development, and service learning.

Table of contents



Chapter 1: Social Studies: Definitions and Rationale

The Excitement and Wonder of the Quest

The Meaning of Social Studies

    A Goal Structure

        A Rationale

     Social Studies Curriculum Patterns

        Widening Horizons

        The Spiral Curriculum

     An Environment for Social Studies Learning

        Increased Learner Independence

        Differences among Learners

     The Roles of the Teacher


     Continue the Journey

     Suggested Readings


Chapter 2: Children in a Democracy: Teaching & Learning Responsible Citizenship

   Citizenship and Civic Education

   The Citizen’s Role in a Democracy

   Becoming Active Citizens

      Engagement and Participation

      A Sense of Community

   Effective Citizenship

      Nurturing Young Citizens

      Perspective Taking

   The Meaning of Citizenship


   Continue the Journey

   Suggested Readings


Chapter 3: Social Studies and Diversity in America

   Diversity in the United States and in the Classroom

   The Role of Social Studies Education in Promoting Pluralism and Diversity

      Cultural Sensitivity in Social Studies Curricula

      Creating a Culturally Responsive Learning Environment

   The Teacher’s Cultural Sensitivity  

   Preparing Children for a Diverse World


   Continue the Journey

   Suggested Readings


Chapter 4: Setting and Achieving Social Studies Standards

   Content and Performance Standards

   The Nature of Knowledge

      Knowledge Received

      Knowledge Discovered

      Knowledge Constructed

   The National Council for the Social Studies Standards as Guide

   What Should Children Know and Be Able to Do?

   The Social Sci

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