Editor’s Notes

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The Winter 2008 issue of Social Studies Research and Practice is now available to Social Studies educators and others interested in our work. We hope that you find the issue to be useful. The research section of the journal includes studies related to teacher conceptualizations of the purpose of social studies and the impact of state standards and high-stakes testing on the citizenship mission of social studies, an examination of how one university supervisor translates his theoretical commitment to transformative multiculturalism, and the importance of learning how to disagree constructively.

The practice section of the journal continues to be a popular feature. This issue contains lesson plans, activities and examinations of teaching practices. Included in this section are five questions to support teachers and students investigations of how authors use nominalization and passivization to construct historical events in different ways, a discussion of a historical narrative model designed to encourage analytical thinking, an overview of using global positioning systems (GPS) in a popular activity, geocaching, as a teaching and learning activity, and methods and resources that can be used when conducting local histories in the K-12 classrooms in a manner encouraging students to engage in historical inquiry in authentic and meaningful ways.

The Notable Books feature of the journal includes a lesson plan that uses On the Town: A Community Adventure, a book that follows a young boy and his mother through their community one afternoon as they take care of errands.  Included in the Social Justice feature is a discussion of Lucy Sprague Mitchell’s belief in active, experiential learning, and the Interdisciplinary Education Feature includes a description of the design of an integrated Social Studies and Science methods course and discussion of how pre-service teachers internalize content. The Technology Integration feature discusses geographic reasoning in civic and global education and explores the interactivity of digital maps.