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Common Core, Informational Texts, And The Historical (Mis)Representations Of Native Americans Within Trade Books, John H. Bickford III, Lauren Hunt 2018 Eastern Illinois University

Common Core, Informational Texts, And The Historical (Mis)Representations Of Native Americans Within Trade Books, John H. Bickford Iii, Lauren Hunt

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

State and national initiatives have repositioned elementary teachers’ emphases. These mandates increase the frequency with which teachers utilize informational texts and students’ exposure to diverse perspectives of the same event or era. In short, history and social studies content will likely have a more prominent position within the incorporated literature in English/reading class. Teachers will intentionally supplement age-appropriate, engaging tradebooks with relevant, interrelated informational texts, like primary source material. To guide interested elementary teachers, we focused on tradebooks that centered on Native Americans, an oft-included topic in elementary curricula. We evaluated the tradebooks for their historical representation (and misrepresentation ...


Review Of "The Federal Reserve And The Financial Crisis", Scott Walla 2018 Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Review Of "The Federal Reserve And The Financial Crisis", Scott Walla

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

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Read The Past: Write Now! Responding To Historical Fiction Through Writing, Rebecca Giles Ph.D., Karyn Tunks Ph.D. 2018 University of South Alabama

Read The Past: Write Now! Responding To Historical Fiction Through Writing, Rebecca Giles Ph.D., Karyn Tunks Ph.D.

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

From the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond, fictional characters enrich social studies by bringing the past to life for young readers. Historical fiction offers a great variety of topics in various formats, including novels, short stories, picture books, poems, and plays that provides useful background knowledge through a glimpse into the details of daily life during a particular time. This articles offers specific examples of how teachers can encourage writing using quality historical fiction picture books.


Review Of "Where The Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, And Naturalism", Matthew Schunke 2018 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Review Of "Where The Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, And Naturalism", Matthew Schunke

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

No abstract provided.


Review Of "Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession", Lincoln Lounsbury 2018 The Sweetheart Contract

Review Of "Beat Box: A Drum Machine Obsession", Lincoln Lounsbury

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

No abstract provided.


Arts Integration In The Social Studies: Research And Perspectives From The Field, Julie Anne Taylor, Timothy Monck, Sanaa Ayoub 2018 University of Michigan-Dearborn

Arts Integration In The Social Studies: Research And Perspectives From The Field, Julie Anne Taylor, Timothy Monck, Sanaa Ayoub

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

Teaching with primary sources has long been recognized as a vital practice, yet only recently have the educational merits of arts integration come under examination in the social studies. The objective of this study was to examine the use of art by practicing social studies teachers. The findings show that educators are teaching with a variety of art forms with some frequency in instruction, and they view the study of art as having positive effects on students’ motivation and learning. The social studies teachers, who participated in the study by completing surveys, reported that studying images of art improves students ...


World Views: Creating Significance Of Learning In The Classroom, James Zucker 2018 Loyola High School, Los Angeles CA

World Views: Creating Significance Of Learning In The Classroom, James Zucker

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

This paper asks why so many students today seem to rely upon memorization of facts and details over critical thinking in the classroom. The paper argues that the current environment is one that privileges a scientific definition of education. This has led to a testing environment based narrowly upon methods of quantitative assessment. The paper connects this problem back to the definitions of education and knowledge of the Cartesian method of Rene Descartes. The paper further argues that recent philosophers of knowledge like Nietszche have challenged this notion of knowledge arguing for a broader qualitative form of knowledge. The author ...


Review Of "River Of Dark Dreams: Slavery And Empire In The Cotton Kingdom", Bryan Jack 2018 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Review Of "River Of Dark Dreams: Slavery And Empire In The Cotton Kingdom", Bryan Jack

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

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Gaming In The Gilded Age, Brian Mullgardt 2018 Millikin University

Gaming In The Gilded Age, Brian Mullgardt

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

This article presents both a lesson on and research about using a video game to teach history, specifically the game Railroad Tycoon 3 and its use in teaching about the Gilded Age.


Historical Thinking And Common Core: Facilitating Adolescents’ Scrutiny Of The Credibility Of Slave Narratives, John H. Bickford III, Cynthia Rich 2018 Eastern Illinois University

Historical Thinking And Common Core: Facilitating Adolescents’ Scrutiny Of The Credibility Of Slave Narratives, John H. Bickford Iii, Cynthia Rich

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

History education researchers encourage teachers to intentionally integrate content, methods, and assessment in discipline-specific and age-appropriate ways. State and national initiatives prescribe such integration across curricula and within all areas of the social studies from early elementary through high school. The stipulation, however, does not provide a map for interested yet overwhelmed educators. This is especially true for elementary and middle level teachers as the majority of historical thinking research and methodological guides targets older students. To address this concern, we propose teachers fuse the content, methods, and assessment with specific historical thinking skills, or heuristics. We model our theoretical ...


On Teaching, Without Disciplines, Thomas Wolfe 2018 University of Minnesota

On Teaching, Without Disciplines, Thomas Wolfe

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

Processes of becoming know no disciplines. And yet professors cannot teach without first absorbing the priorities and protocols of a discipline. This means that we have to be attuned to the ways in which our teaching of persons gets usurped by the teaching of a body of knowledge or a method of knowing that is only tangentially connected to where students are. K-12 teachers understand this better than university and college professors. This article suggests professors experiment with the idea of a "defense of teaching," which would be a moment to articulate one's teaching aims apart from one's ...


Review Of "Excellence For All: How A New Breed Of Reformers Is Transforming America’S Public Schools", Michelle Stacy 2018 Mascoutah High School

Review Of "Excellence For All: How A New Breed Of Reformers Is Transforming America’S Public Schools", Michelle Stacy

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

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Illinois Democracy Schools: Preparing Students For College, Career, And Civic Life, Shawn Healy 2018 Robert R. McCormick Foundation

Illinois Democracy Schools: Preparing Students For College, Career, And Civic Life, Shawn Healy

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

The current focus of school reform centers on college and career readiness, casting aside the original purpose of schools in this country-- preparing America’s youngest citizens to be informed and active participants in our democracy. Since 2006, seventeen Illinois high schools countered this trend and achieved recognition through the Illinois Civic Mission Coalition (ICMC) as Democracy Schools.

The Democracy Schools Initiative of the ICMC invites high schools to demonstrate commitment to their civic mission by completing a school-wide civic assessment and charting future plans for developing and sustaining high quality civic learning. Successful applicants are recognized through the ICMC ...


Service Learning In The Social Studies, Shaun Conway 2018 Lake Park High School

Service Learning In The Social Studies, Shaun Conway

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

Education reform of the future starts with public service. Over the last two and a half years, I have built a public service program at Lake Park High School in Roselle, IL. The class allows students to pursue topical areas of self-interest in a classroom setting, while supplementing those subject topics with in-depth public service opportunities and experiential learning methodology outside the school building. Students can opt to take the semester elective during their junior or senior year (although the course was recently approved to be offered in full year format).

Reform of the future must start with public service ...


The Attack On Social Studies Teachers And Teaching In 1970s And 1980s Hollywood Movies, Robert Dahlgren 2018 State University of New York at Fredonia

The Attack On Social Studies Teachers And Teaching In 1970s And 1980s Hollywood Movies, Robert Dahlgren

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

This proposed article explores the dramatic shift in the image of social studies teachers, as represented in popular films of the 1970s and 1980s. It is based on a survey of 40 movies created during this period that feature significant interactions between social studies teachers and their students. This study employed a textual analysis method involving viewing the films alongside original script material, which reveals that the narratives involving public high schools during the 1970s and 1980s are distinct from those involving other types of schools or eras. Rather than the romantic figures of earlier portraits, such as Eve Arden ...


Mid-Century Education Reform And The Character Of Citizens, Molly Jessup 2018 Syracuse University

Mid-Century Education Reform And The Character Of Citizens, Molly Jessup

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

Amid the movement to address perceived problems in American education, some reformers have turned to the notion of character building.

Character training is education is reminiscent of an earlier effort to shape the development of youth. Life adjustment education, a mid-twentieth century reform movement intended to infuse the curriculum with practical life skills, with a goal of preparing youth to fulfill their role as citizens. Life adjustment education has often been characterized as a failed movement, resulting in as much controversy as many current reforms. This article argues that character training in life adjustment education materials reveal a connection to ...


Review Of "Uncivil Rights: Teachers, Unions, And Race In The Battle For School Equity", Lindon Ratliff 2018 Mississippi State University

Review Of "Uncivil Rights: Teachers, Unions, And Race In The Battle For School Equity", Lindon Ratliff

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

No abstract provided.


Striking Back Against Corporate Education Reform: The 2012 Chicago Teachers Union Strike, Kurt Hilgendorf 2018 Chicago Teachers Union

Striking Back Against Corporate Education Reform: The 2012 Chicago Teachers Union Strike, Kurt Hilgendorf

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

The Chicago Teachers Union went on strike against the Chicago Pubilc Schools in September 2012. The strike was not just about teachers' pay and benefits. Rather, the strike was a response to more than 15 years of a the latest iteration of corporate school reform. This essay situates the 2012 Chicago teachers' strike in the legal and policy contexts for corporate school reform in Chicago and Illinois and assesses the strike's outcomes locally and nationally. The strike was the largest teacher-led response to corporate school reform to date. It catalyzed a larger national conversation about the nature of school ...


The Relentless Attack On Teachers: Andrew Hartman Interviews Mark Naison, Andrew Hartman 2018 Illinois State University

The Relentless Attack On Teachers: Andrew Hartman Interviews Mark Naison, Andrew Hartman

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

Mark Naison, Professor of African American Studies at Fordham University, has become one of the foremost outspoken critics of the so-called education reform movement. In this interview, Naison discusses the problems with the movement, the effect its had on the profession of teaching, and what is to be done.


The Hidden Curriculum Of Teach For America, Andrew Hartman 2018 Illinois State University

The Hidden Curriculum Of Teach For America, Andrew Hartman

The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies

By way of a close reading of Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp's two books, this article examines TFA's role in the so-called education reform movement, and offers a critique of TFA and the movement.

Author Biography:

Andrew Hartman is an associate professor of history at Illinois State University. For the 2013-14 academic year, he will be on leave from ISU as the Fulbright Danish Distinguished Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. Hartman teaches and researches 20th Century U.S. History with a focus on intellectual history. He also is one of the ...


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