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Social Education

Waging Nonviolent Struggle: 20th Century Practice and 21st Century Potential

by Gene Sharp
Reviewed by Robert Stevens


The Kingdom of Heaven: Teaching the Crusades

—Scott Alan Metzger
A recent Hollywood film about the Crusades helps students better understand the ongoing conflict between Islam and the West.


Book Talks: Generating Interest in Good Reading

Thomas N. Turner
Presenting students with a variety of social studies-related fiction and nonfiction books can inspire them to read more and learn about issues from a range of perspectives.


Editor's Notebook

Women, WebQuests and Controversial Issues in the Social Studies

Margaret Smith Crocco and Judith Cramer
Using technology to teach controversial issues can motivate students and advance instruction. Here, the authors explore the benefits and constraints of WebQuests for studying gender issues in a global context.

Surfing the Net

Telling Tales:The Teaching of American History through Storytelling

—Tony R. Sanchez and Randy K. Mills
Teachers can relate the excitement, paradox, and importance of American history to students by conveying the challenges of life in the past with stories.


Perspective Matters: Social Identity and the Teaching and Learning of National History

Terrie Epstein and Jessica Shiller
Students’ identities and affiliations influence what and how much they learn from school subjects. Understanding this can help teachers build on students’ perspectives.


Making the Abstract Concrete

—Lee Ann Potter
Ronald Reagan made history when he nominated Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female justice of the Supreme Court. His letter to the Senate is an excellent jump off point for teaching about the separation of powers and checks and balances.


Does the First Amendment Have a Future?

Sam Chaltain
Recent research has shown that our students’ knowledge of the First Amendment is severely deficient. Our schools can play a major role in turning this around by becoming more open to debate and the exchange of ideas.


Research and Practice: Social Studies and the Social Order: Transmission or Transformation?

—William B. Stanley
Educators have long pondered whether their duty in the classroom was to convey the status quo or to facilitate change. Here, the author presents three historic positions on the role of teachers with respect to the social order.



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