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The Social Studies Curriculum
Purposes, Problems, and Possibilities, Third Edition
The Social Studies Curriculum
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E. Wayne Ross - Editor
Hardcover - 368 pages
Release Date: October 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6909-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6909-5

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Paperback - 368 pages
Release Date: October 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6910-7
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6910-1

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Electronic - 368 pages
Release Date: February 2012
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-8104-2

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This updated third edition contains new chapters on important issues—including race, gender, sexuality, and multiculturalism—affecting social studies education.

The third edition of The Social Studies Curriculum thoroughly updates the definitive overview of the primary issues teachers face when creating learning experiences for students in social studies. By connecting the diverse elements of the social studies curriculum—history education, civic, global, and social issues—the book offers a unique and critical perspective that separates it from other texts in the field. This edition includes new work on race, gender, sexuality, critical multiculturalism, visual culture, moral deliberation, digital technologies, teaching democracy, and the future of social studies education. In an era marked by efforts to standardize curriculum and teaching, this book challenges the status quo by arguing that social studies curriculum and teaching should be about uncovering elements that are taken for granted in our everyday experiences, and making them the target of inquiry.

The Social Studies Curriculum demystifies the process of social studies curriculum construction. This helps empower pre-service and beginning teachers to become curriculum designers rather than just curriculum consumers. The authors avoid educational jargon and a great strength of the book is its accessibility to readers. I look forward to using this new edition with my social studies education classes.” — Alan J. Singer, author of Social Studies for Secondary Schools: Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach, Second Edition

“This book is a valuable resource for understanding the theoretical and practical dimensions of the most important issues in social studies education today. The authors provide a wide range of critical perspectives and represent some of the best new scholarship in the field. The book is also an important source for social studies educators and teachers confronted with the challenges posed by the current standards-based education reform.” — William B. Stanley, editor of Critical Issues in Social Studies Research for the Twenty-first Century

Contributors include Margaret Smith Crocco, Linda Farr-Darling, Kristi Fragnoli, Kevin Jennings, Joseph Kahne, Curry Malott, Perry Marker, Sandra Mathison, Merry M. Merryfield, Jack Nelson, Valerie Pang, Mark Pruyn, Frances Rains, E. Wayne Ross, Binaya Subedi, Brenda Trofanenko, Kevin D. Vinson, Walter Werner, Joel Westheimer, and Michael Whelan.

E. Wayne Ross is Professor of Curriculum Studies at the University of British Columbia. He has written and edited many books, including (with Jeffrey W. Cornett and Gail McCutcheon) Teacher Personal Theorizing: Connecting Curriculum Practice, Theory, and Research, also published by SUNY Press.

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Table of Contents


Introduction: Social Studies Teachers and Curriculum
E. Wayne Ross

Part I. Purposes of the Social Studies Curriculum

1. The Struggle for the Social Studies Curriculum
E. Wayne Ross

2. Teaching History: A Constructivist Approach
Michael Whelan

3. Oppression, Anti-Oppression, and Citizenship Education
Kevin D. Vinson

4. The Future is Now: Social Studies in the World of 2056
Perry M. Marker

Part II. Social Issues and the Social Studies Curriculum

5. Defining the Social Studies Curriculum: Influence of and Resistance to Curriculum Standards and Testing in Social Studies
Sandra Mathison, E. Wayne Ross, and Kevin D. Vinson

6. Racism, Prejudice, and the Social Studies Curriculum
Jack L. Nelson and Valerie Ooka Pang

7. The Color of Social Studies: A Post-Social Studies Reality Check        
Frances V. Rains

8. Marxism and Critical Multicultural Social Studies
Curry Malott and Marc Pruyn

9. Gender and Social Education: What’s the Problem?
Margaret Smith Crocco

Part III. The Social Studies Curriculum in Practice

10. Struggling for Good Assessment in Social Studies Education
Sandra Mathison and Kristi Fragnoli

11. Reading Pictures of People
Walter Werner

12. “A World of Knowledge”: Social Education and Digital Technology
Brenda Trofanenko

13. “Out” in the Classroom: Addressing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGTB) Issues in Social Studies Curriculum
Kevin Jennings

14. Teaching Social Studies as if it Mattered: Young Children and Moral Deliberation
Linda Farr Darling

15. Decolonizing the Mind for World-Centered Global Education
Merry M. Merryfield and Binaya Subedi

16. Teaching Democracy: What Schools Need to Do
Joseph Kahne and Joel Westheimer

Part IV. Conclusion

17. Remaking the Social Studies Curriculum
E. Wayne Ross

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