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Social Studies Standards Shane G. Knapp Grand Canyon University EED 570 Curriculum, Assessment, and Methods: Social Studies February 23, 2011
I came to the realization that half of this assignment was going to be a new learning experience because I have never referenced or used the national standards website before. For example. and a Social Science Analysis. but there were only five themes for K-4 in the Oregon standards. Economics. both were set up by themes. if not more. To start off with. whereas. I have always been instructed to follow the Oregon standards since that is what our students will be held accountable for on their state assessments. The common themes that both Oregon and the national standards shared were: Civics and Government. especially for an educator. there were 10 themes within the national standards and I could not open the early pre-K through 4th grade section of the site. I probably access the Oregon standards website at least a few times a month. to help guide my lessons in social studies along with the other subjects areas that I teach. You would think this would be public information. I may have over looked the website when I was researching. I looked forward to gaining some new insight to how the Oregon and national standards aligned in social studies. Geography. History. but I would think that I could do a basic web search for these standards since I am one of my schools site technology facilitators. When it came time to research the Oregon standards that was rather easy because all I had to do was pull them up from my favorites menu in my browser. the national standards and the Oregon standards had many similarities between each other. nor have I ever been instructed to for that matter.S. What I found to be rather difficult was finding a website that would allow me to view the national social studies standards without having to become a member. Some other similarities between the .Knapp (Standards) Social Studies Standards 2 When it came time for me to start researching for this assignment a question kept coming up in my mind. U. Why do I need to research between the national social studies standards and the Oregon social studies standards? I must admit that I have never looked at the national standards in all ten years that I have been teaching.
there was a difference in that both had . This difference could be looked at in two ways. to a more precise topic within the heading. I liked this because these can guide you. I will have to work more on this and ask my principal for some assistance to try and find another way to access this site for future reference in this class and personally. their were only five themes for Oregon’s K4th grade. while the others would be taught at the upper grades. Another similarity they both shared was that within their subheadings they both stated what was to be identified/learned within each standard. in that they explained and gave examples of each. Another difference that was rather obvious was that the national standards were more in-depth. sub-headings. The only way I was able to view 3 the national standards was through Education World and it was set up very basic and I know that the NCSS website would have been in more depth. where the Oregon standards only identified what should be learned within each standard. Theme wise the national standards had ten themes while the Oregon standards dealt with only five themes for grades K-4th. but I think that is do to the nature that I am much more familiar with it and navigate it regularly. Organizationally. while the second way to look at it was that Oregon does have all ten themes. I believe this difference is do to the fact that Oregon only selected certain subheadings that they felt were the more important standards to concentrate on. as an educator. but they are spread through K-12th grade.Knapp (Standards) two documents were that they each gave a break down of what should be taught in the subheadings and that they were both organized in a similar fashion: headings. and a standard number for reference. I liked the Oregon standards website much better. rather than all of the standards like the national standards website had posted. one way. One difference that I found was that the Oregon standards had less sub-headings that the national standards. I believe Oregon chose the themes they felt needed to be taught at the early elementary level. Personally. but they were rather settle differences. Differences did exist between the two documents.
Social studies is taught in kindergarten through grade 12 in schools across the nation. As a field of study. I like how Oregon specifies what needs to be taught in the fourth and fifth grade levels. but a numbering system for their sub-headings. like the national standards do. perhaps called "social studies”. while Oregon used no numbering system for the standard.Knapp (Standards) different sub-headings that both organizations thought should be taught. while with the national standards you would need a large group of five grade levels to try and sort out each grade levels context. as teachers. An example of this would be the national standards used a number system for each standard and bullets for each sub-heading after the standard. currently deal with on a daily basis the more user friendly the standards are to us the less time we waste on trying to understand what we are supposed to teach. precisely because it is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary subject and because it is sometimes taught in one class. The last difference that I found between the two documents was that the national standards were set for pre-K through fourth grade and the Oregon standards were written for benchmark two (fourth and fifth grade). With the type of time constraints we. social studies is probably on of the more difficult subjects to define because it is not a single discipline such as history or geography. while the Oregon standards did number their sub-headings. This would be one of the main reasons why I like the Oregon standards over the national standards because the Oregon standards are more focused to my specific grade level where the national standards. and sometimes in separate . one would have to figure out what to teach at each grade level. Based on the reading of the this weeks text and the standards that I reviewed I have come up with this definition of social studies. but different slightly in their wording. They were similar 4 topics. Another difference while on this topic was that the national standards did not number their sub-heading. instead of five grade levels. Using the Oregon standards teachers would only have to meet in two grade level teams to discuss who will teach what.
org/standards/execsummary NCSS.Knapp (Standards) discipline-based classes within a department of social studies. like in college.socialstudies. There are two main characteristics of social studies that I gathered from both the text and the standards. http://www. (2011). . What is Social Studies. The first characteristic I gathered is that social studies is designed to promote civic competence and the second characteristic is that social studies is integrative. incorporating many fields of study. 5 References NCSS. (2011).
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