ED-302 Social Studies Methods

Course Description: Identifies objectives, methods and philosophy of social studies program; uses functional instructional techniques to teach social studies to elementary school children

  • Prerequisite Course(s): Acceptance into the Education upper division program.

A. Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):
The student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate comprehension and application of the FSM elementary school curriculum standards.
  2. Apply a variety of teaching approaches to meet learning needs of FSM elementary school students.
  3. Assess and evaluate learning of the elementary student at both the formative and summative levels.
  4. Organize and manage an elementary classroom environment for learning.
  5. Demonstrate comprehension and application of learning theories and principles, human development, language development, educational foundations, social-cultural issues, and strategies for teaching students with special needs.
  6. Demonstrate professionalism.

B. Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs): General:
The student will be able to

  1. Summarize and explain the purpose of the FSM social studies curriculum.
  2. Identify the content of the five thematic strands of Social Studies: culture, geography, history, economics, and civics.
  3. Identify suitable teaching approaches to meet learning needs of students in the five thematic strands of Social Studies.
  4. Identify strategies/methods of assessing students’ progress.
  5. Demonstrate habits and skills of the professional teacher.

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PLO3

PLO4

PLO5

PLO6

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I = introduced
D = demonstrated
M = mastered

C. Student Learning Outcomes (SLOS) – Specific:
The student will be able to:

General SLO 1. Summarize and explain the purpose of the FSM social studies curriculum.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

1.1 Explain the purpose and content of the FSM/State Social Studies curriculum standards, including their thematic scope & sequence.

90-minute in-class exam, assessed according to accuracy, clarity, and completeness.

 

General SLO 2. Identify the content of the five thematic strands of Social Studies: culture, geography, history, economics, and civics.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

2.1 Explain physical geography, including maps and charts and delineate the impact of humans on the environment and their efforts to protect the environment.

Small-group presentation (depending on class size) on the geography curriculum, which will cover both SLOs 2.1 and 2.2), including a sample lesson in geography, which is followed-up by a paper (each individual of the group will submit an original, individual paper).
- Assessed according to completeness of the area content and the suitability of the teaching methods.
- A scoring rubric for the presentation will be provided (including criteria to meet SLO 5).

2.2 Explain the complexity of the issue “past and present, change and continuity.”
(history)

Group presentation of a sample lesson on the issue of “past and present, change and continuity,” including a detailed lesson plan (to be assessed by rubric).

2.3 Explore the pre-colonial, colonial, post-colonial periods, and examine and analyze the effect of foreign influences on the economy and culture of the FSM.

Compare-contrast essay (rubric graded with emphasis on content knowledge)

2.4 Explain past events and their long-term effects to better understand current challenges.

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2.5 Discuss the implications of the fact that resources are limited and that every choice in this regard has economic consequences (economics).

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2.6 Inquire into the systems of goods & good distribution and the concept of supply and demand.

Short paper (to be scored by rubric)

2.7 Delineate the nature of civil rights, duties, and responsibilities and the political and legal process of decision making (civics).

Small-group presentation (depending on class size) on the civics curriculum, including a sample lesson in civics, followed-up by a paper (each individual of the group will submit an original, individual paper).

2.8 Identify and explain the structure, purposes, functions, and power of government.

(For practical purposes, the instructor should ask for different presentations on the points 2.7 to 2.11 plus a paper on all of the points 2.7 to 2.11)
- to be scored by rubrics

2.9 Compare and contrast the judicial system to the traditional ways of settling disputes and conflicts.

 

2.10 Compare and contrast diplomatic channels of foreign affairs and international relations between countries.

 

2.11 Research (internet/library, conduct interviews with older Micronesians) to develop content knowledge in the strand culture.

Paper on the content of the culture curriculum, including lesson plan for one sample lesson. Instructor will assign different grade levels to different students and use rubric to evaluate student learning.

General SLO 3. Identify suitable teaching approaches to meet learning needs of students in the five thematic strands of Social Studies.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

3.1 Compare and contrast possible teaching methods and discuss suitability according to age, subject, and SLO.

90-minute in-class exam

 

General SLO 4. Identify strategies/methods of assessing students’ progress.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

4.1 Identify and discuss the caveats of various assessment methods and the situations in which they might best be used.

Brief in-class composition (rubric graded)

General SLO 5. Demonstrate habits and skills of the professional teacher.


Student Learning Outcomes

Assessment Strategies

5.1 Delineate the role of teachers in society and the accompanying responsibilities, including professional dress, attitudes, and behavior.

Short exam
Plus: Feedback after their presentations in this regard. Scoring rubric will be provided.

D. Course Content
Social Studies standards and benchmarks
Social Studies content knowledge (geography, civics, economics, culture, history)
Development of a social vision for the FSM
Teaching methods and assessment strategies appropriate to Social Studies

E. METHODS OF INSTRUCTON
Lectures, whole-class discussions, directed and individual research, group work.

F. REQUIRED TEXT AND Course Material
Parker, Walter (2009). Social Studies in Elementary Education. San Francisco: Pearson (or most recent edition).

G. REFERENCE MATERIALS
Atlases, globe, maps, various handouts, reports on the economic situation of the FSM, and others as needed.

H. INSTRUCTIONAL COSTS
None

I. EVALUATION
None

J. CREDIT BY EXAMINATION
None

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