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Elementary teachers have long sought answers to ease the frustration of teaching elementary social studies. It is a subject with great potential for integration with other subject areas, yet is restricted by textbook and classroom management problems, with ambiguous local, state, and national goals. The result is that programs range from a few individually developed, enlightening models to the notion that social studies is an insignificant subject in the elementary curriculum and thus needs little attention. The problem and confusion still exist--how should the subject of social studies be taught in the elementary classroom? Is the current practice of one pre-service methods course in the teaching of social studies and a textbook enough? The wide and varied opinions presented in the literature further confuse the classroom teacher.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Marvin Heller


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