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Social Studies Methods in Elementary EducationAbalo Adewui
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Social Studies Methods in Elementary Education

By Abalo Adewui

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-62131-385-4, 206 pages

©2013

Social Studies Methods in Elementary Education is based on the belief that effective social studies education is a necessary step in promoting understanding of, and participation in, democratic societies. The material in the text prepares future elementary school teachers to provide their students this effective education.

The material in the text is organized around the words what, why, and how. What is social studies education? Why is it important? How is it most effectively taught?

The book is divided into six chapters. Chapter I introduces students to the nature, scope, and definition of social studies. It helps readers develop an accurate knowledge base and an understanding of social studies as a field, a curriculum, a theme, and an interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary subject. Chapter II discusses the rationale and purpose for teaching social studies in K–8 classrooms. Chapter III describes how to teach social studies and provides examples of unit lesson plans. In Chapter IV, readers are introduced to ideas and suggestions for managing learning in social studies classrooms in order to achieve instructional goals. Chapter V provides examples of assessment models that promote authentic learning and the development of real life skills.

The final chapter of the book explores the idea of bringing the world into the classroom by exposing students to quality children's literature. It provides and discusses resources teachers can use to find current children's books that speak to the themes and standards of K–8 social studies curricula.

Social Studies Methods in Elementary Education is both thought provoking and insightful. The book is an excellent resource for students who plan to teach at the elementary level, and who will be responsible for educating the next generation about the relevance of social studies in their lives and the importance of their participation in civil society.


This social studies methods book is one of the best I have seen. The use of this text to teach pre-service students prepares them for the classroom in a meaningful way that allows for active engagement in their lesson plans for application in their actual classroom.
—Sheila Dorsey, Assistant Superintendent, Kalamazoo Public Schools

Abalo Adewui's book clearly communicates the importance of finding sufficient time to teach social studies in all grades, starting with kindergarten. It is written as a passionate and personal account of a professor of social studies methods who shared many of his materials, including class project ideas and examples of students' work.
—Natalia Collings, Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Professional Development, Central Michigan University

I’m delighted that Dr. Adewui recognizes the use of children’s picture books as an important component of a social studies curriculum and their contribution to meeting Common Core standards in the elementary classroom. His selection of books is top-notch and includes books that teachers will easily be able to find in their school or public libraries.
—Dr. Susan Stan, Children’s Literature Specialist

(This) book can assist educators in enhancing their effective teaching of Social Studies. His manuscript offers the reader a lesson in history of professional trends, as well as infuses the pages with theoretical and pedagogical foundations. The reader takes away a wealth of practical and creative techniques.
—Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson, Professor and Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Central Michigan University

In this resource, Dr. Adewui presents, discusses, and applies the critical what, why, and how of social studies methods instruction for educators at any level, particularly pre-service teachers, who are committed to integrated and purposeful social studies engagement.
—Betsy VanDeusen-MacLeod, Ph.D., Central Michigan University

Dr. Abalo Adewui has written a very thoughtful, concise, and up-to-date text for teaching social studies in elementary classrooms. The content of the text is culturally responsive, current, and well-organized. Future social studies teachers will want to keep this practical and reader-friendly text, to help them teach social studies with relevancy and to implement best practices in pedagogy.
—Marguerite M. Terrill, Ph.D., Professor at Central Michigan University

I would highly recommend this book to prospective social studies method students because: the way this book is constructed is easy to understand, the benefits of a well written methodology, management, and assessment sections, and the activities and lesson plans that can be used in a future classroom.
—Bre Bowen, Elementary Social Studies Methods student


Biography
Abalo F. Adewui earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum Instruction and Educational Leadership at Oklahoma State University. He is a professor of elementary social studies methodology and curriculum theory and development in the College of Education and Human Services at Central Michigan University. Dr. Adewui has taught English and American Studies in both middle and high school and served as a teacher trainer and administrator in Africa. His research interests include teaching in non-traditional settings, service learning, critical thinking, and global connections and interdependency in social studies. He has presented and published on topics related to classroom teaching, social studies, and global issues.