Title

Student Engagement in Social Studies: How Authentic, Relevant Lessons Improve Critical Thinking and Student Motivation

Date

5-26-2016 5:00 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 6:00 PM

Location

ED 217

Department

Teacher Education

Session Chair

Alicia Wenzel

Session Chair

Melanie Landon-Hayes

Session Title

Teacher Education Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Heitho Reuter

Abstract

This curriculum project examines the need for improving student engagement and motivation in Social Studies classrooms. Often students struggle to connect the content to their lives; therefore, students’ are apathetic towards Social Studies – resulting in disengagement. By teaching students the process of historical inquiry and discipline-specific literacy skills, Social Studies teachers can help students’ understand processes related to history. Utilizing differentiated strategies, a variety of texts, and guided learning will teach students the necessary skills required for historical inquiry and the construction of meaning. Students can develop a greater interest in the content as well as enhance their learning experience.

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Student Engagement in Social Studies: How Authentic, Relevant Lessons Improve Critical Thinking and Student Motivation

ED 217

This curriculum project examines the need for improving student engagement and motivation in Social Studies classrooms. Often students struggle to connect the content to their lives; therefore, students’ are apathetic towards Social Studies – resulting in disengagement. By teaching students the process of historical inquiry and discipline-specific literacy skills, Social Studies teachers can help students’ understand processes related to history. Utilizing differentiated strategies, a variety of texts, and guided learning will teach students the necessary skills required for historical inquiry and the construction of meaning. Students can develop a greater interest in the content as well as enhance their learning experience.