The New Wave of Teaching Social Issues
Hanson, Franklin C., Jr., 1979-
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this paper we will examine the ways in which the traditional ways of teaching social issues are being replaced by new ones. We will look at the reasons that reform is needed in the area of social issues education. We will explore the importance of making the hidden curriculum visible in the classroom. The traditional way of selecting content must be reformed due to the larger problems of society that students bring with them to school. When selecting content the teacher must find ways to make the material presented relevant to the students. This paper will also explore effective teaching strategies for teaching social issues. This section will incorporate an instructional model introduced by Engle and Ochoa in which seven phases are suggested for effective teaching. Classes dealing with social issues should incorporate classroom discussion. This paper will explore the importance of organization in discussion and will suggest several techniques that make classroom discussion more productive. Then we will look at the different formats of group work and when they can best be incorporated into classroom discussion. Finally, we will examine five classroom observations and evaluate them. We will then reflect on the ideas introduced in the literature review section of the paper and combine that with the classroom observations.