Social Studies Today
Research and Practice
Edited by Walter C. Parker
Routledge – 2010 – 270 pages
Social Studies Today: Research and Practice inspires educators to think freshly and knowingly about social studies education in the early years of the twenty first century. Written by the field’s leading scholars, this collection provokes readers to consider the relationship of research and practice as they think through some of the most interesting challenges that animate social studies education today.
Contributors to this volume include luminaries like James Banks, Carole Hahn, Keith Barton, Geneva Gay, Steve Thornton, Linda Levstik, Sam Wineburg, Fred Newmann and more. Each chapter tackles a specific issue and includes discussion of topics such as teaching history, learning tolerance, assessment, globalization, children’s literature, culturally relevant pedagogy, and teaching about genocide. Walter Parker not only pulled these chapters together but also contributes two of his own---both of which are sure to be cited as key works of this era.
Accessible, compelling, and full of rich examples and illustrations, this collection showcases some of the most original thinking in the field and offers pre- and in-service teachers alike new ways to improve social studies instruction.
"…anyone with an interest in social studies research and practice will find these essays useful. Recommended."--CHOICE
"All social studies professionals and stakeholders concerned with the social studies curriculum in our schools should read this book."--Education Review
"In this decade of narrow-minded school reform, the social studies have been under relentless attack and retreat. Until now. This magnificent book puts Social Studies back where it belongs - at the center of the school curriculum. We are a social species, learning and making progress together. Read this book and you'll discover why social studies represents no-child-left-behind in the richest and most meaningful sense of those words."--Joel Westheimer, University Research Chair in Democracy and Education, University of Ottawa
"Social Studies Today is an impressive collection of readings by outstanding scholars! Strong reviews of the theoretical landscape of social education are coupled with in-depth treatments of substantive pedagogical issues. The readings are clear and concise, yet satisfyingly complex. They should contribute to provocative classroom discussions and improved practice in social education."--Gloria T. Alter, Past-President, International Assembly of Social Educators, Nation Council for the Social Studies
"Reminding us of the importance of keeping the social studies at the center of the school curricula, Walter Parker assembles prominent social studies scholars and promotes the most imperative conversations in the field. As always he attends to our primary goal of 'enlightened political engagement' by highlighting what matters--purpose, perspective, subject, globalization, and the several issues that remain essential to understanding research and practice in the social studies."--Cinthia Salinas, Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin
Part I: Purpose Matters
Part II: Perspective Matters
Part III: Subject Matters
Part IV: Global Matters
Part V: Puzzles
Walter C. Parker is Professor and Chair of Social Studies Education and (by courtesy) Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington, Seattle.