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This spring, we are offering a special topics course in Curriculum and Instruction that may be of interest for you as a social studies teacher or for many other teachers in your building.


Spring 2014:C&I 67095/77095 ST:Teaching with Discussion and Controversy

Teaching with discussion and controversy is a rewarding experience for students, teachers, and consequently the community at large. In this class, we will first delve into the scholarly literature to determine challenges to teaching with discussion and controversy as well as various pedagogical strategies that are effective for teaching with discussion and controversy. Then we will explore some controversial topics using literature, print media, and multimedia.You'll each create ways to incorporate the work into your current or future teaching setting. Class will be Monday evenings. For more information, contact Dr. Chris Busey at cbusey@kent.edu. (Please note that the course title only allowed the title to read through "Discussion" on website)


To begin to plan ahead, next fall we are offering a social studies focused class. The class addresses the interests and issues and trends across the grades in social studies. We have had Intervention Specialists and teachers at the elementary level take this course so it isn't just for high school teachers. 

Fall 2014:Issues and Trends in Social Studies Teaching & Learning  (C&I 61125/71125)

During this course we will explore the history of social studies education in the United States as well as issues and trends in social education that have impacted our lives as teachers. Topics may include but are not limited to Citizenship Education, Issues Centered Teaching, Technology in Social Studies Education, International Education, and Gender and Sexuality in Social Studies Education. We'll explore what these issues and trends mean for your classroom or your life as a teacher educator.Class will be Tuesday evenings in fall 2014. For more information, contact Dr. Alicia R. Crowe at acrowe@kent.edu.

Recent Social Studies Education Offerings

Fall 2013:C&I 61126/71126Research in Social Studies Teaching & Learning

During this course you will explore and discuss relevant research into the teaching and learning of social studies. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to begin to examine an aspect or aspects of your own social studies teaching or your students' learning of social studies. This will be a great opportunity to read and discuss social studies research with other social studies educators across grade levels. Class will be Tuesday evenings. For more information, contact Dr. Alicia R. Crowe at acrowe@kent.edu.

Fall 2013:C&I 67010/77010Curriculum Evaluation

Educational practitioners in school and non-school settings participate in a variety of decisions each day that impact curriculum and instruction. This course is designed to help you examine this process and begin to develop ways in which to plan for and gather information systematically across different phases of curriculum planning, development, implementation, and evaluation to enhance the decision-making process. Each student will develop questions and a detailed evaluation design for a specific curriculum or educational program that they are most interested in. This course is offered in Fall 2013 and Fall 2015. For further information, please contact the instructor Dr. Alicia Crowe at acrowe@kent.edu.

Fall 2012:Issues and Trends in Social Studies Education(C&I 61125/71125)

During this course we will explore the history of social studies education in the United States as well as issues and trends in social education that have impacted our lives as teachers. Topics may include but are not limited to Citizenship Education, Issues Centered Teaching, Technology in Social Studies Education, International Education, and Gender and Sexuality in Social Studies Education. We'll explore what these issues and trends mean for your classroom or your life as a teacher educator. This course will be offered on Tuesday evenings this fall.  For more information please contact Dr. Alicia Crowe (acrowe@kent.edu).

Spring 2011: C&I 67095/77095 ST: Race, Class and Gender in the Social Studies


During this course we will explore race, class and gender in a democratic society and what these mean for us as teachers and teacher educators. Conversations about the juncture of race, class, gender and citizenship will also occur. Topics will include but not be limited to culturally relevant and responsive pedagogy, queering social education, rural and urban poverty as they relate to educating democratic citizens for the common good. Members of this course will read, discuss, and develop curriculum related to issues of race, class and gender.For more information, contact Dr. Todd S. Hawley at thawley1@kent.ed


Fall 2010: C&I 61125/71125 Issues and Trends in Social Studies Education

During this course we will explore the history of social studies education in the United States as well as issues and trends in social education that have impacted our lives as teachers. Topics may include but not be limited to Citizenship Education, Issues Centered Teaching, Technology in Social Studies Education, International Education, and Gender and Sexuality in Social Studies Education. This course will be offered in Fall 2010 in the evening. For more information please contact Dr. Alicia Crowe at acrowe@kent.edu.

Summer 2010: C&I 67095/77095 ST: Economics and Financial Literacy Education

This web-based course is designed to explore and develop connections between the Ohio Department of Education's desire to incorporate financial literacy into (preferably) the social studies/economics curriculum by 2010 and the larger goal of social studies - educating participatory, democratic citizens. Students in the course will develop a deeper understanding of the financial literacy standards as part of creating engaging and integrative economics unit and lesson plans. Students will develop a rationale for teaching economics and financial literacy focused on promoting engaged, active and participatory citizenship. For more information, contact Dr. Todd S. Hawley at thawley1@kent.edu.

Spring 2010: C&I 67095/77095 Talk, Talk, Talk! Classroom-Based Discussion Across the Curriculum

This course will focus on the use of classroom-based discussion for democratic purposes. After grounding ourselves in democratic theory we will turn to learning about and experiencing various forms of classroom-based discussion such as the Socratic method, debate, and structured academic controversy, as well as the examination of inherent dilemmas in striving for authentic dialogue in the classroom setting. For more information, please contact: Dr. Jennifer James at jjames4@kent.edu.

Fall 2009:

C&I 61126/71126 Research in Social Studies Teaching and Learning

During this course students will explore and discuss relevant research into the teaching and learning of social studies. Additionally, teachers will have an opportunity to begin to examine an aspect or aspects of their own social studies teaching or their students' learning of social studies. This will be a great opportunity to read and discuss social studies research with other social studies educators across grade levels. Offered Fall 2009. For more information, please contact Dr. Todd Hawley at thawley1@kent.edu.

C&I 61127/71127 Technology and Social Studies Education

This course provides experience with and study of various uses of technology in social studies teaching and learning. In addition, we will examine implications and effects of technology on student learning, teaching, and society as a whole. During the course we will discuss and learn about: Research on Technology and Social Studies Teaching and Learning, Teachers and Technology, Issues with the use of Technology (e.g. equity, Internet safety) and Critical Perspectives on the use of Technology. We will also discuss ways to Teaching with Technology to enhance student learning of social studies. For more information, please contact Dr. Alicia Crowe at acrowe@kent.edu.

C&I 67095/77095 ST: EDUCATING THE 'GOOD CITIZEN': Exploring Competing Conceptions of Citizenship Education

As an academic field of study in public schools, the purpose of social studies has been cast as preparing citizens for life in a democratic society. Yet sharp and persistent debates regarding both the meaning and the aim of education for democratic citizenship persist. Thus, despite the appearance of a shared vision, the social studies suffer a lack of consensus regarding fundamental questions about the field. This special topics seminar will explore competing conceptions of citizenship education. Students will examine the contributions and influence of various multicultural, international and theoretical perspectives on the meaning of educating citizens in a democracy. Students will develop her/his own rationale for citizenship education and develop ways to incorporate their vision into their work as teacher educators, teachers and/or community leaders. While this seminar focuses mainly on conceptions of citizenship education as they relate to social studies education, students from other content areas are welcome to join in our discussion of what it means to educate the "good citizen." For more information, contact Dr. Todd S. Hawley at thawley1@kent.edu.

INTERESTED IN A GRADUATE DEGREE WITH AN EMPHASIS IN SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION? OR, HAVE YOU WONDERED ABOUT GETTING A PH.D.?Check out the Curriculum and Instruction website  

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