Young Citizens of the World
Teaching Elementary Social Studies Through Civic Engagement
Published March 5th 2009 by Routledge – 286 pages
Young Citizens of the World takes a clear stance: Social studies is about citizenship education that is informed, deliberative, and activist - citizenship not only as a noun, something one studies, but as a verb, something one DOES. The holistic, multicultural approach is based on this clear curricular and pedagogical purpose.
Straightforward, engaging, and highly interactive, the text lays out a three-part process for civic preparation that helps students understand their world and their place, as citizens, in it: becoming informed, thinking it through, and taking action. Six outstanding teaching strategies bring this framework to life. Each chapter is written as a civic engagement. Teaching/learning projects throughout are invitations to learn through intensive, integrated meaningful studies of special places, important people, and significant times. These civic engagements are teacher-ready for use in elementary classrooms. Readers are encouraged to rehearse the projects in their social studies education courses and then to reinterpret them for their classrooms.
Providing a powerful alternative to the Expanding Horizons social studies curriculum, this text is a compelling choice for elementary social studies education courses, as well as for practicing teachers who wish to enhance their social studies instruction.
1. Social Studies as Citizenship Education: Identifying Historic Roots
2. Citizenship as a Verb: Teaching Democracy-in-Action
3. Democracy Project I: Learning about the Constitution
4. Democracy Project II : Talking Democratically
5. Worldview: Developing World-mindedness
6. History Mystery: Rediscovering our Past
7. Biography Workshop: Composing Citizens' Life Stories
8. Store: Making Everyday Economic Choices
9. Explore: Investigating Place and Space
10. Engage: Living One’s Civics
Epilogue: Daring to be Different
About the Authors
Marilynne Boyle-Baise is Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Jack Zevin is Professor of Social Studies Education, Queens College, City University of New York.