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"IDMifying" Inquiry Instruction in Your Social Studies Methods Course

a remote learning experience discussing how democracy is threatened and how educators protect democracy
March 17, 2020 - 7:00pm EDT

Incorporating the C3 Framework and Inquiry Design Model (IDM) into a social studies methods course can be challenging. This webinar advances a particular approach for introducing to social studies teacher candidates the C3 Framework, inquiry, and IDM. Using Grant, Swan, and Lee's "Inquiry-Based Practice in Social Studies Education: Understanding the Inquiry Design Model" (2017) as the supporting text, social studies candidates themselves can engage in an IDM-modeled inquiry in order to learn about inquiry and the IDM and C3. By "IDMifying" the early part of a methods course, the foundation is laid for candidates to take informed action by developing their own inquiry to be implemented in an actual classroom.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Incorporate and model actual IDM practice in their social studies methods courses;
  • Embed the IDM approach into teaching about the C3 Framework, inquiry-based practice, and the IDM itself; and
  • Develop in their teacher candidates greater self-efficacy in designing engaging and transformative inquiries for their own students.


Michael J. Swogger, D.Ed., Assistant Teaching Professor of Education and Coordinator of the Secondary Education Social Studies Program, Penn State Harrisburg, Middletown, PA
Dr. Swogger teaches elementary and secondary social studies methods at Penn State Harrisburg. He also supervises secondary social studies teacher candidates during their clinical student teaching experiences. Dr. Swogger taught high school social studies for 14 years in south-central Pennsylvania.

Webinar Fee: $25 NCSS members / $50 nonmembers