TEACHERS COLLEGE, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF ARTS & HUMANITIES
PROGRAM IN SOCIAL STUDIES
This course builds upon the pedagogical methods you began exploring in A&HW 4036: The Teaching of Social Studies and/or in your own social studies classrooms. This semester, we will not only theorize our practice by examining and critiquing the knowledge and skills that social studies teachers use in classrooms on a daily basis but also begin to “rethink” social education as well. Regarding rethinking our practice, we will explore progressive notions of curriculum design, lesson planning, and daily instruction. Students in the 38-point initial certification program will have opportunities to apply these ideas to their emerging pedagogical beliefs; students in the 32-point professional certification program will have space to reflect and build on their current pedagogical practices.
This course aims to provide you hands-on experience with exploring, designing, and implementing social studies curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The course will involve not only in-class activities but will include assignments that will force you to re-envision “conventional” instruction, including implementing more authentic assessments and thinking about educating for “social justice.” By the end of the course, I hope that you will feel more confident in your abilities to help students learn about history, society, and politics; think deeply about their place in national and international contexts; grow as individuals; and become active and critical members of an increasingly interconnected world.
It is anticipated that by completing this course, students will be able to:
- Consider a number of strategies for assessing whether students understand the social studies content taught.
- Develop lessons and/or strategies for creating an inclusive classroom, especially regarding differentiating instruction for ELL and other student populations.
- “Rethink” their pedagogical practices through a series of non-traditional approaches to the teaching of social studies, including but not limited to issues-centered lessons, incorporating globalization throughout a World History curriculum, and utilizing critical media studies to help students become aware of the ways popular culture impacts their beliefs about the world around them.
- Explore various resources and materials for teaching social studies, along with different avenues to access these resources (e.g., instructional technology).
- Continue to work with curriculum standards promulgated by New York State and the National Council for the Social Studies.
Advanced Methods for the Teaching of Social Studies has been organized into three units, each of which will help participants achieve the learning objectives. These three units are:
- Theories of justice and knowledge
- Approaches for planning, instruction, and assessing student learning in an increasingly diverse and interconnected society
- “Rethinking” approaches to the teaching of social studies