EDU4683 - Methods in Teaching Social Studies
A course designed to provide a broad variety of research-based methods for teaching social studies in the classroom. Social studies standards will be presented with an emphasis on teaching across the curriculum with literature-based thematic units. Various assessment techniques that reflect multicultural, technological, and geographical connections will be explored.
At the conclusion of this course each student should be able to:
- Develop an awareness of social studies content, standards, methodology, resources, and professional organizations.
- Develop a working knowledge of assessment tools for the social studies classroom.
- Understand strategies for using active learning, problem solving, inquiry, and creative and critical thinking in teaching social studies.
- Develop methods for effectively using textbooks, current events, the Internet, and literature in the social studies classroom.
- Understand methods for teaching civics, politics, and government through the development of a democratic classroom.
- Develop strategies for teaching character education and social action within a Christian school context.
- Develop an awareness of economic principles and strategies to help students become good consumers.
- Develop strategies to teach appreciation and positive attitudes toward different cultural, racial, and ethnic groups.
- Develop ways to design learning opportunities for students at various stages of the learning spectrum.
- Understand strategies for teaching social studies through human interactions in the classroom.
- Demonstrate competency in applying the six essential elements of geography.