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Social Education

Social Education, our flagship, peer-reviewed journal, contains a balance of theoretical content and practical teaching ideas. The award-winning resources include techniques for using materials in the classroom, information on the latest instructional technology, reviews of educational media, research on significant social studies-related topics, and lesson plans that can be applied to various disciplines. Departments include Lessons on the Law, Surfing the Net, and Teaching with Documents. Social Education is published 6 times per year: the issues of September; October; November/December; January/February; March/April; and May/June.

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Social Studies and the Young Learner

The goal of Social Studies and the Young Learner is to capture and enthuse elementary teachers across the country by providing relevant and useful information about the teaching of social studies to elementary students. The teaching techniques presented in this peer-reviewed journal are designed to stimulate the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills vital to classroom success. SSYL is published quarterly: the issues of September/October; November/December; January/February; and March/April. Members who receive SSYL also get two issues of Social Education—the May/June issue (which includes the Notable Trade Books for Young People list) and the September issue, which has a civics theme.

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Middle Level Learning

Middle Level Learning brings together lesson ideas and theoretical content focused on social studies in the middle grades. Almost every issue of this peer-reviewed magazine has one or more student handouts. MLL is published online only, 3 times a year: the issues of September; January/February; and May/June. All members can access the current issue of MLL as well as the complete collection of back issues at the members-only online Archive of Publications. Here's a free sample (PDF), a 16-page issue of MLL.

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Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

The Notable Trade Books list is published each year as an insert to the May/June issue of Social Education. A pdf of the most recent list is available to NCSS members only in the Archive of Publications. Lists from other past years (2000 onward) are available free. The books that appear in these annotated lists were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by NCSS and assembled in cooperation with the Children’s Book Council (CBC). NCSS and CBC have cooperated on this annual bibliography since 1972.

See the current and historical lists

The Social Studies Professional

The Social Studies Professional (TSSP), the official newsletter of NCSS, is published exclusively online 8 times per year (the issues of September, October, November/December, January/February, March, April, May/June, and July/August). An e-mail announcement will alert NCSS members that the latest issue of TSSP is published, and it can always be found in the online NCSS Publications Archive. Submit your news item to Announcements of events and resources must be timely: it must be likely that NCSS members will be reading TSSP in advance of the dates listed in your announcement.

See the latest TSSP email newsletter

Special Offer for NCSS Members

NCSS is pleased to announce free member access to two social studies journals published by Taylor & Francis. Now through January 31, 2018, all NCSS members can receive free online access to Theory & Research in Social Education and The Social Studies. In February 2018, NCSS will survey all members to determine whether continued access to these journals would be a desired permanent membership benefit in the future. Your feedback is appreciated! Please e-mail us at for questions and feedback on access to these journals.



Theory & Research in Social Education

Published by the NCSS College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA), Theory & Research in Social Education is designed to stimulate and communicate systematic research and thinking in social education. Its purpose is to foster the creation and exchange of ideas and research findings that will expand knowledge and understanding of the purposes, conditions, and effects of schooling and education about society and social relations. Manuscripts reporting conceptual or empirical studies of social education are welcomed. TRSE is included with CUFA membership.

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The Social Studies

The Social Studies is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes articles of interest to educators at all levels. Suitable topics include those concerned with the social studies, the social sciences, history, and interdisciplinary studies. The journal welcomes articles that present new directions, options, or approaches. The Social Studies considers for publication articles that deal with the following:

  • Curriculum: what shall we teach and how shall we teach it?
  • Learning: conditions under which cognitive, affective, and participatory learning takes place
  • Historical and social science ideas: how shall we apply them in the classroom?
  • Perspectives on social studies: emerging topics and controversial issues
  • Topics of current interest: global issues; gender and ethnicity; the use of technology; higher-order critical thinking; peace education and conflict management; multicultural social studies curriculum; thematic instruction; and reading and writing in the social studies classroom.

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