Editor’s Notes

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What a busy time of year for all of us, but I hope you take a moment to enjoy the November, 2009 issue of Social Studies Research and Practice. In the Research section of this issue you will find scholarly work related to students’ understandings of citizenship, literacy in Social Studies, and teacher reflection based on teachers’ craft knowledge and principled  practices.

The Practice section of the journal includes discussions of practical classroom applications, including a discussion of using primary source documents to increase history knowledge, an overview educators’ journey utilizing and integrating technology in the social studies context, a discussion of comparing international history textbooks and how the comparison creates a perfect opportunity for students to see the complexity and controversy of history interpretation of certain events, and  a look at Inspiration®, an instructional tool that can help social studies teachers understand the linguistic needs of English Language Learners. Pre-service teacher education is also discussed in an article examining pre-service teachers’ reflections with regards to observed social studies instruction in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Two lesson plans are present in the Notable Trade Books Feature. Subjects include the election process and medieval lifestyles.

The Social Justice Feature includes the argument that Ella Flagg Young, Jane Addams, Alice Chipman Dewey, and Anna Bryan deserve to be recognized for their contributions as “mothers” of the progressive movement and for their championing social justice issues during the late 19th and early part of the 20th centuries.

Finally, the Ready-to-Teach and Interdisciplinary Education Features include assertions that the true purpose of integrating the curriculum has been to create children who will be able to use the disciplines to advance democratic thought and life and a discussion of using a videoconference for engaging middle school students in the study of environmental issues, respectively.