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Social Studies Education (SS ED)

SS ED 430W Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Grades (3) Principles underlying use of social studies in the elementary school; practical demonstration of desirable methods.

SS ED 430W Teaching Social Studies in the Elementary Grades (3)

Social studies transforms the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence (National Council for the Social Studies, 2002). In this course, teacher candidates learn to coordinate and conceptualize the richness of anthropology, economics, geography, history, civics, and sociology for elementary classroom pedagogy. Candidates become familiar with various instructional strategies that support social studies. Candidates gain an understanding of the information, concepts, theories, analytical approaches, and different perspectives--including global and multicultural perspectives--that are important to teaching social studies. Candidates also learn how to assess social studies learning in a variety of ways.

This course stresses technology, content integration, social science competence, differentiated instruction, multicultural/global knowledge, teaching social historical inquiry, and constructing democratic learning communities. Teacher candidates learn how to apply the State Learning Frameworks and National Standards in their classroom instruction. At the conclusion of the course, candidates have a good understanding of elementary social studies and are able to develop and demonstrate powerful social studies curricula.

Being a “W” course, SS ED 430 incorporates both formal and informal writing into in-class and graded assignments to encourage teacher candidates to develop as critical thinkers and productive writers. This writing includes an essay describing one’s own experiences as a social studies learner, reading responses, the creation of a unit of instruction, and several lesson plans that describe significant activities. These writing tasks are meant to professionalize the communication skills required to effectively teach social studies as well as to effectively communicate with parents, educators, and administrators.

SS ED 430W is a part of a block of courses in a PSU teacher education program that is unified by a basic set of principles and a field experience component.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2014
Prerequisite: LL ED 400, LL ED 401, LL ED 402 nine credits in history and the social sciences
Concurrent: C I 495A OR C I 495B ; MTHED 420 SCIED 458

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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