This Handbook outlines the current state of research in social studies education – a complex, dynamic, challenging field with competing perspectives about appropriate goals, and on-going conflict over the content of the curriculum. Equally important, it encourages new research in order to advance the field and foster civic competence; long maintained by advocates for the social studies as a fundamental goal.
In considering how to organize the Handbook, the editors searched out definitions of social studies, statements of purpose, and themes that linked (or divided) theory, research, and practices and established criteria for topics to include. Each chapter meets one or more of these criteria: research activity since the last Handbook that warrants a new analysis, topics representing a major emphasis in the NCSS standards, and topics reflecting an emerging or reemerging field within the social studies. The volume is organized around seven themes:
The Handbook of Research in Social Studies is a must-have resource for all beginning and experienced researchers in the field.
1. Introduction Part 1: Change and Continuity in Social Studies 2. Continuity and Change in Social Studies Curriculum 3. Early Elementary Social Studies 4. What Happens in Social Studies Classrooms? Research on K-12 Social Studies Practice Part 2: Civic Competence in Pluralist Democracies 5. Knowing and Doing in Democratic Citizenship Education 6. International Political Socialization Research 7. Service-Learning 8. Controversial Issues asnd Democratic Discourse 9. Diversity and Citizenship Education: Historical, Theoretical, and Philosophical Issues Part 3: Social Justice and the Social Studies 10. Social Justice and the Social Studies 11. Gender and Sexuality in the Social Studies 12. Global Education Part 4: Assessment and Accountability 13. Assessment and Accountability in the Social Studies Part Five: Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines 14. Research on Students’ Ideas about History 15. Research on K-12 Geography Education 16. Recent Research on the Teaching and Learning of Pre-Collegiate Economics Part 6: Information Ecologies: Technology in the Social Studies 17. Technology and Social Studies Part 7: Teacher Preparation and Development 18. The Education of Social Studies Teachers 19. The Professional Development of Social Studies Teachers