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The Idea of a Social Studies Education
The Role of Philosophical Counseling

ISBN 9781138213418
Published October 2, 2017 by Routledge
228 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Offering a fresh take on the purpose of social studies today, James A. Duplass positions philosophical counseling as a way for teachers to engage students in thinking deeply about what it means to be a citizen in a democratic society. The Idea of a Social Studies Education takes a uniquely humanistic approach to the idea of a social studies education to show how teachers can act as philosophical counselors in preparing students for active civic engagement. Duplass reminds the reader of the needs of students in modern society who seek to develop an identity worth living and the role social studies can play in students achieving that process. By focusing on the cultivation of students’ autonomy, authenticity, efficacy, and agency, Duplass’ approach avoids political biases and instead encourages critical thinking to decipher what a democratic ideology truly is.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The "Idea" of a Social Studies Education

Chapter 2: Social Studies Exalted Aims

Chapter 3: Identity, Authenticity, and Autonomy

Chapter 4: Ideology

Chapter 5: The Promise and Pitfalls of Modernity

Chapter 6: Philosophy for Social Studies

Chapter 7: Morality and Character Education

Chapter 8: Traditional & Philosophical Counseling

Chapter 9: Philosophical Counseling in the Classroom



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James A. Duplass is Professor of Social Studies Education at the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.

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James Duplass

Professor of Education, University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida, United States of America

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In The Idea of a Social Studies Education, Duplass reminds social studies teachers and teacher educators, like me, about the deep meaningful purpose for the social studies. Jimmy’s narrative weaves together philosophy and lived experiences with a combination of recent and classic education research that encourages readers to rethink their understanding of the social studies and its enduring connections to identity, civic engagement, and the quest for the Good Life.


  • J.B. Mayo, Jr., PhD, Associate Professor of Social Studies Education, University of Minnesota..