4th Edition

Elementary Social Studies Constructing a Powerful Approach to Teaching and Learning

By S.G. Grant, Bruce A. VanSledright Copyright 2021
    362 Pages
    by Routledge

    362 Pages
    by Routledge

    Organized around four commonplaces of education—learners and learning, subject matter, teachers and teaching, and classroom environment—Elementary Social Studies provides a rich and ambitious framework to help social studies teachers achieve powerful teaching and learning results. By blending the theoretical and the practical, the authors deeply probe the basic elements of quality instruction—planning, implementation, and assessment—always with the goal of creating and supporting students who are motivated, engaged, and thoughtful.

    Book features and updates to the fourth edition include:

    • Two new chapters on using the Inquiry Design Model (IDM) to understand inquiry-based teaching and learning and to develop IDM inquiries.

    • Revised chapter on ideas and questions.

    • Revised chapter on literacy to more fully incorporate media literacy and digital citizenship.

    • Real-classroom narratives introduce chapters and provide in-depth access to teaching and learning contexts.

    • Practical curriculum and resource suggestions for the social studies classroom.

    • End-of-chapter summaries and annotated teaching resources.

    Part 1 The Commonplaces of Education: A Framework for Powerful Social Studies Teaching;  1 Creating a Framework for the Social Studies Classroom;  2 Learners and Learning: Understanding What Students Know and How They Come to Know It;  3 Subject Matter: A Threads Approach;  4 Teachers and Teaching: Working with Ideas and Questions;  5 Teachers and Teaching: Choosing Strategies, Curriculum Materials, and Influences on Teaching;  6 Teachers and Teaching: Assessment;  7 The Classroom Environment: Creating a Genuine Community;  8 Social Studies and Literacy;  Part 2 Putting the Commonplaces into Action;  9 Purposes, Goals, and Objectives for Teaching and Learning;  10 The Inquiry Design Model;  11 Constructing Curriculum Inquiries;  12 Becoming a Reflective Social Studies Teacher;  Appendix: Content Resources from Children’s Literature



    S.G. Grant is Professor of Social Studies Education in the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership at Binghamton University, State University of New York.

    Bruce A. VanSledright is Professor Emeritus of History/Social Studies Education in the Department of Reading and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.