|The challenge of political instruction in a post-9/11 United States.
||In the decade since the attacks of September 11th, the political climate in the United States has become increasingly intolerant of opposing viewpoints. This climate, made nearly ubiquitous by 24-hour news cycles and increased exposure to political m...
|Culturally relevant political education: Using immigration as a catalyst for civic understanding.
||In an analysis of National Assessment
of Educational Progress data, Niemi and
Junn (1998) found that students in the
United States know very little about politics.
While this news may be unsettling to
those who place a premium on engaged
|Facilitating historical discussions using asynchronous communication: The role of the teacher
||A brief narrative description of the journal article, document, or resource. This study examines the effectiveness of asynchronous communication in facilitating historical discussions among adolescents, with a specific focus on the ways in which teac...
|Fostering political understanding using The West Wing: Analyzing the pedagogical benefits of film in high school civics classrooms
||This study describes one high school civics teacher's use of film as a way to improve his students' understanding of politics. Using episodes of The West Wing, an award-winning political drama, over the course of a semester, the teacher was able to c...
|The Inequities of the Digital Divide: is e-learning a solution?
||This article addresses the continuing digital divide in public education, one that defines
itself largely along geographic, socioeconomic, and cultural lines. The article refutes the idea that the digital divide is dwindling due to increasing access...
|The influence of high-stakes testing on high school teachers’ willingness to incorporate current political events into the curriculum
||This paper describes the findings of a qualitative study of six government teachers from three diverse high schools in the Southwest Chicago suburbs during the 2008 Presidential Election. All of the teachers expressed a desire to cover the election i...
|Learning from each other: What social studies can learn from the controversy surrounding the teaching of evolution in science
||This article addresses the need for researchers to move beyond discipline-specific approaches to research and practice and offers an example of how interdisciplinary understandings can increase knowledge in respective disciplines. The specific focus ...
|Making every year a presidential election year: Using The West Wing’s Santos/Vinick race to simulate election politics
||This article makes a case for using The West Wing’s Santos/Vinick presidential election as a way to simulate election politics in civics and government courses. The series provides a behind-the-scenes view of the political decisions made by both fict...
|Making politics palatable: Using television drama in high school civics and government classes.
||The authors make a case for using The West Wing, a political drama that aired on NBC from 1999 to 2006, as an instructional tool in high school civics and government classes. The show offers a realistic portrayal of life in the White House through th...
|Maximizing the Potential of Computer-Based Technology in Secondary Social Studies Education
||This paper looks critically at the way technology is currently used in social studies education and makes the argument that technology can better serve teachers and students as a tool of engagement and inquiry rather than as a supplement to existing ...
|Perceptions of e-learning in secondary education: a viable alternative to classroom instruction or a way to bypass engaged learning?
||This manuscript uses interview data collected during a qualitative study in 2007 of a secondary US history e-learning course. The teacher, Mr. Harding, and 11 of the 13 students in the class were interviewed about their general perceptions of e-learn...
|Rethinking “general audience”: A comparison of students’ understanding of popular film in high school honors and general-level classes
||Research suggests that secondary teachers across the United States are regularly turning to popular film as a way to engage students and deliver content. However, research on the use of film in secondary education has yet to focus on how students of ...
|Setting Out the (Un)Welcome Mat: A Portrayal of Immigration in State Standards for American History: a Journal for Readers, Students and Teachers of History
||This article frames history education as a social construction designed to create a national identity through the inclusion, exclusion, and treatment of various societal groups. Using this lens, the author analyzes curriculum standards from nine stat...
|Social studies, citizenship education, and the search for an American identity: An argument against a unifying narrative.
||One of the more haunting images from George Orwell’s (1949) 1984
is that of the protagonist, Winston Smith, altering official government
history on behalf of the Party as part of his responsibilities at the Ministry
of Truth. Orwell viewed the man...
|“Socializing economics”: Using practical applications to enliven economic theory
||Although economists may disagree on what concepts are considered to be the most important within their field, there seems to be general consensus within the profession that the purpose of economics education is to teach students to "think like an eco...
|Standardizing Citizenship: The Potential Influence of State Curriculum Standards on the Civic Development of Adolescents
||The rise of state-mandated standards in public education have allowed legislators to answer the question of what constitutes a proper civic education, a debate that has existed in the United States since the turn of the twentieth century. Through the...
|Teaching the 2008 Presidential Election at Three Demographically Diverse Schools: An Exercise in Neoliberal Govemmentality
||This article describes the disparity in political instruction found in six government classes from three demographically diverse high schools during the 2008 Presidential Election. In general, students from working-class households or those in lower-...
|Teaching politics in secondary education: Analyzing instructional methods from the 2008 Presidential Election.
||This article describes the instructional methods of four high school government teachers during their coverage of the 2008 presidential election. By analyzing the ways in which these teachers attempted to generate interest in the election and further...
|Using videoconferences to diversify classrooms electronically.
||In this article the authors make a case for videoconferencing as a way to diversify middle and secondary classrooms. Through a description of the setup of a videoconference between American pre-service teachers and Moroccan undergraduates, the author...
|Using YouTube to Teach Presidential Election Propaganda: Twelve Representative VIdeos
||One of the primary goals of social studies education in the United States is to prepare students for civically active, politically informed, and socially engaged democratic citizenship. Too often, however, the curricula fall short of this goal. Textb...
|When One-Size Methods Class Doesn’t Fit All: A Self-Study of Teaching Traditional and Alternative Licensure Students Together
||This article uses a narrative approach to start a dialogue about the challenges of teaching blended methods classes that contain traditional and
alternative licensure students. Many alternative licensure students enter their methods classes as later...
|When oppression and liberation are the only choices: The representation of African-Americans within state social studies standards
||This study seeks to understand the ways nine states represent African Americans within their standards for U.S. History. Previous research on the effects of high-stakes assessment on social studies educators suggests teachers align their instruction ...