216 pages | 4 B/W Illus.
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.
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.
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